Pirates One of Four Teams Still in the Mix For Russell Martin
Nov13

Pirates One of Four Teams Still in the Mix For Russell Martin

Bruce Levine reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays are all still in on free agent catcher Russell Martin, and that all four teams believe he is a major difference maker. Cubs -Pirates -Dodgers -Toronto all still in the mix for Russell Martin All believe he is a major difference maker ,handling the game — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 13, 2014 The Pirates just...

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First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade
Nov13

First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade

When the Yankees lost Russell Martin in 2013 to free agency, they replaced him with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli. After acquiring Cervelli tonight, it looks like the Pirates are doing the same thing, although I’m not sure which one will start, or if they’ll split the job. This pretty much signals the end for Russell Martin with the Pirates, which isn’t a surprise considering his rumored demands. The Pirates...

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Ike Davis Getting Work in the Outfield
Nov12

Ike Davis Getting Work in the Outfield

Jon Heyman had an interesting and unexpected update today on Ike Davis. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman has been working in the outfield to improve his versatility. ike davis is working on taking balls in the OF out here in arizona to improve his versatility. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 12, 2014 The Pirates have Pedro Alvarez and Ike Davis as left-handed platoon options at first base, and the belief is that...

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First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal
Nov11

Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Dean Anna to a Major League deal, according to Chad Jennings of LoHud.com (h/t MLBTR). Anna was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2014 season, after spending some time in the majors with the New York Yankees. He can play shortstop, second, and third base, and has received good grades for his defense. He also has good numbers in his time at Triple-A, posting a .296/.385/.432...

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