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. **Daniel Rathman of Baseball Prospectus looks at Russell Martin’s value (subscription required). He notes that Martin’s value really comes...

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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 the high bid, perhaps for three years and close to $25 million. The Yankees are not believed to be offering anything close to that, but the bidding isn’t over...

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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 Mariners. The New York Yankees are the favorites to sign Martin, although the Rangers could offer him a big deal. It would be...

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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 highly sought after target on the free agent market. In perhaps the biggest sign of how weak the catching market is, Jon...

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Historical Context For The Big Four

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark....

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