• Russell Martin Rumors: Thursday

    A few updates on Russell Martin today. **Yesterday we heard a report that the Pirates offered $25 M over three years. Later we heard that amount was high. George A. King III of The New York Post says that the Pirates offered two years initially, then moved to a three year, $22 M offer....

  • Report: Pirates Offering $25 M for Russell Martin

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has an update on the Russell Martin bidding, noting that the Pirates and Yankees seem to be the leaders in the race. He notes that the Pirates actually may have the high bid at the moment. Word going around is that the Pirates might come in with...

  • Pirates Interested in Russell Martin

    The catching market is weak this year, and the top free agent is Russell Martin. Ken Rosenthal has an update on the interest in Martin, and notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams who are interested. He notes that Martin is drawing "significant interest" from the Pirates, Rangers, and...

  • Brandon McCarthy, the Pirates, and the Off-Season Rumor Mill

    Earlier today, Brandon McCarthy had the following tweet to Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan. https://twitter.com/BMcCarthy32/status/268800118239674368 McCarthy mentioning that he was in Pittsburgh sparked the instant speculation that he might be on the Pirates' radar. That's usually how the rumor mill works during the off-season. The smallest thread connecting a player with a team...

  • The Market for Relievers — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, and Trades

    A look at the market for relievers through the free agent, non-tender, and trade markets.

  • The Justin Upton Rumors Are Back

    During the summer, there were rumors that the Arizona Diamondbacks were shopping Justin Upton. The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams linked to Upton, although nothing came of the rumors and Arizona kept their young outfielder. In what seems to be an off-season tradition, the rumors that the Diamondbacks are shopping...

  • The Market for Starting Pitchers — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, and Trades

    A look at the starting pitcher options available in free agency, non tenders, and potential trades.

  • The Market for First Basemen/Corner Outfielders — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, Trades

    A look at the trade, free agent, and non-tender markets for 1B/OF.

  • The Market for Catchers – Free Agents, Non-Tenders, Trades

    A look at the trade, free agent, and non-tender markets for potential catchers.

  • Russell Martin Is a Symbol of the Weak Catching Market

    Russell Martin didn't have a season like Rod Barajas had in 2012, but he wasn't exactly elite. The catcher hit for a .211 average and a .713 OPS, which was almost 90 points higher than Barajas. Those numbers don't look like an elite catcher, but that doesn't mean Martin won't be a...

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