Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists
Oct23

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although he didn’t make the cut this year in center...

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2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid
Oct20

2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid

Almost two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. The deal was for two years and $17 M, outbidding the New York Yankees by a few million. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Pirates, opting to enter free agency a year earlier. That turned out to be a very wise decision. At the end of the 2013 season, I looked at Martin compared to the previous catchers in...

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Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin
Oct16

Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin. The $15.3 M qualifying offer ensures that the Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation if Martin ends up signing elsewhere. While the qualifying offer would represent quite a raise for Martin, he is in line for a multi-year deal in the same range, so it’s highly unlikely he would even consider accepting the offer....

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Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin
Oct14

Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin

The big news today is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays. BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 14, 2014 Friedman is one of the best executives in the game, making the Rays a contender in almost every year since 2008, all while having one of the lowest payrolls in...

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Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer
Oct11

Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer

I missed this while I was on the road yesterday, but Jon Heyman reports that Russell Martin turned down an offer during the 2014 season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman says that the terms of the deal were unknown, and that there’s no indication that the sides are anywhere close on a deal right now. This news isn’t a surprise. I wrote the other night about how Martin has been looking forward to free agency since the day...

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