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First Pitch: If the Pirates are Going to Pay Market Rate on Anyone, Make it Russell Martin

First Pitch: If the Pirates are Going to Pay Market Rate on Anyone, Make it Russell Martin

A few weeks ago I wrote that the biggest priority for the Pittsburgh Pirates should be re-signing Russell Martin at the end of the year. On Sunday, Neal Huntington talked about a few of the catchers in the system, and also commented on the possible market for Martin this off-season. The comment was made when discussing Tony Sanchez and his improvements towards being a starter. That raised concerns that the Pirates were setting up for the loss of Martin already.

"Tony has had some challenges as most guys do when they feel that they’ve graduated from that level," Huntington said on Sanchez. "Maybe the focus hasn’t been quite as sharp. But, as of late he’s played better and gotten back to being the guy that we need him to be and the guy that gave us comfort. If the market goes where we think the market is going to go on Russ Martin and we’ve got to become creative then we’ve got an internal option in Tony Sanchez. But, we’ll see, we’re still working through that. We need to see some th...

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