Tag: Russell Martin

First Pitch: Can Elias Diaz Still Replace Francisco Cervelli in 2017?

Two years ago, Pirates fans spent the entire 2014 season wondering if Russell Martin would come back the following year. There were campaigns to extend him, and fear that the entire team would fall apart without him. All of this was ironic when you consider that hardly anyone thought Martin would be that good when he […]
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First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation...

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For...

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 […]
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Pirates One of Four Teams Still in the Mix For Russell...

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 […]
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First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann […]
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The 2015 Predicted Free Agent Prices For Martin, Liriano, and Volquez

Every year at the start of free agency, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes an article with predictions on free agent prices, citing an unbiased GM, scout, and his own prediction for each of the top 50 free agents. It’s a fun article that gives us an idea of what the industry expects each player […]
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Report: Russell Martin Looking For $75-80 M Over Five Years

Russell Martin has been connected to four main teams so far — the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last week we heard that he intended to meet with all of those teams. A report out of Toronto today gives us an idea of the contract he is seeking. […]
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Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Russell Martin will reject his qualifying offer. This news really isn’t a surprise, since pretty much everyone knew Martin was never going to accept the deal. He’s set to receive a huge payday this off-season, getting four or five years, and likely around the same average annual value […]
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