Source: #Pirates reach agreement with Russell Martin, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2012
After some talk about a three-year deal yesterday, it appears that the terms between the Pirates and Martin are two years and $17 million. I was really, really harsh on the idea of signing Martin yesterday, but both Martin and my main issues with signing Martin go a little bit deeper than yesterday's post. Since it looks like this is happening, let's go into it now.
Russell Martin is a really good defensive catcher. I don't know how much better he'll be at throwing out runners for the Pirates in 2013 than Barajas and McKenry were in 2012 because I strongly suspect that the team's problem on that front had a lot to do with the pitchers, but Martin's value behind the plate goes deeper than that. When Mike Fast ranked the framing ability of all of baseball's catchers last fall for Baseball Prospectus, he ranked Martin as second to only Yadier Molina. T...