First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances
Oct10

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years will be their top ranked farm system. That system...

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First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano
Oct08

First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano

The AP released the information today that a qualifying offer in 2015 will be worth $15.3 M (via MLBTR). That’s up from the $14.1 M figure last year. A qualifying offer is made to departing free agents, and is made within five days of the end of the World Series. If a player accepts the offer, he receives that amount on a one year deal. If he rejects the offer, his former team is eligible for a compensation pick after the first...

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The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss
Oct02

The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss

There weren’t many good moments in tonight’s 8-0 Wild Card Game loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, you could argue that after the pre-game excitement, there was only one good moment. That came in the ninth inning, during Russell Martin’s final at-bat. The game was easily decided by this point, which meant Martin was coming to the plate possibly for the last time as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The...

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Russell Martin Expects to Play Tomorrow
Sep30

Russell Martin Expects to Play Tomorrow

Russell Martin has been dealing with a hamstring issue, and his status for the Wild Card game was in question. That was until he spoke with the media today. Then there was little doubt that the star catcher would play. Martin said that he felt good enough to play, and when asked what led to that decision, his answer was as simple as can be. “It’s the playoffs,” Martin said. He later addressed the same question and...

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First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?
Sep25

First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been expecting Russell Martin to be gone at the end of the year. The catcher is having a career year at the plate, and over the last two years the appreciation for catcher defense has gone way up across the league, increasing his value. Complicating the matters further is the fact that the Pirates balked at giving A.J. Burnett more than $12 M last year, stating they didn’t want to exceed a certain...

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