First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation in Two Years
Nov18

First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation in Two Years

Two years ago, Russell Martin made a very smart decision. He was reportedly seeking four years and $9-10 M per year, and no team would come close to that amount. The New York Yankees were reported to have offered two years and $13 M, or three years and $21 M. The Pittsburgh Pirates had the top offer at two years and $17 M. They also made a three-year offer. Martin declined that offer, opting for a two-year deal and the chance to...

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Blue Jays Signing Russell Martin to a Five Year Deal
Nov17

Blue Jays Signing Russell Martin to a Five Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays will be signing Russell Martin to a five year deal, according to Jon Heyman. Peter Gammons first broke the news, saying Martin got “McCann money”. Told Toronto got Martin for "McCann money" — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 17, 2014 blue jays are signing russell martin to 5-year deal — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 17, 2014 There was some confusion at first, since it first...

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Cubs Believed To Be Clear Front-Runner For Russell Martin
Nov16

Cubs Believed To Be Clear Front-Runner For Russell Martin

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs  are the clear front-runner for catcher Russell Martin. That is according to executives that are involved in the bidding for Martin. The believed price is in the $64 M over four years range. That $16 M per year price is around the estimates that we have heard for Martin, though he was said to be seeking a five-year deal. Executives involved in bidding for Russell Martin believe #Cubs are...

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First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season
Nov15

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they¬†tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better the year before. They were aggressive early in...

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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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