Earlier today I wrote my "First Pitch" article, titled "Why the Pirates Shouldn't Sign Russell Martin". I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates' situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17 M deal. Nothing really changed with my thoughts below, except for the fact that the move happened. So I'm just going to go with it. The following is why I feel the Pirates shouldn't have signed Martin. I'll have some post-move comments below. Keep in mind that the following was written earlier today, before Martin signed.

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It's been almost a month since I did a "First Pitch" article. I'd say that's entirely because I've been working on the 2013 Prospect Guide, but even if I wasn't, there hasn't been mu...

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