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After being a rock behind the plate for the Yankees for two seasons, Russell Martin has decided to leave for the Steel City. Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the story that Martin and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million.
In two seasons with the Yanks, Martin hit .224 with 39 homers and 118 RBIs. He also worked well with the rotation and played solid defense, putting himself near the top in caught-stealing percentage. Martin’s exit leaves an obvious hole for the Yankees behind the plate. It was speculated that ultimately the Yankees would resign Martin, as they originally had talks for an extension last spring.
A few days ago, it was reported that Martin was seeking a two-year deal, something the Yankees probably wouldn’t agree to. That is why it comes as a surprise that Martin took a two-year deal. The Yankees obviously thought that $17 million was too expensive.
Now New York must turn their attention to behind the plate, with the Winter Meetings set to begin on Monday. Currently, the Yankees will expect Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Francisco Cervelli and Eli Whiteside to be in camp in February. Could they possibly give Cervelli a shot at winning the everyday job? Is he an everyday catcher? Romine and Sanchez aren’t ready yet, however Romine does have some Major League experience with NY. He has had trouble staying healthy, though.
Joe Mauer could very well be available, as he has already been connected in trade talks with the Boston Red Sox. Mauer is owed a substantial amount of money over the next six years, so only a few teams, like the Yankees, would be able to afford him. However, Mauer has been catching less and less games over the past few seasons. Eventually, he may need to move to first-base or be a DH.
Every year it seems like GM Brian Cashman makes a big splash, whether it be a big free agent signing or unexpected trade out of nowhere. The offseason just got interesting for New York, and Yankees fans hope the catching void can be filled.
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Much of the deliberation over whether or not Russell Martin deserves the two-year, $17.5 million contract he pulled in from the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday will hinge on how his defense is viewed. Martin has been measured as a tremendous pitch framer, and for many that will be enough to put a notch in the team-friendly side for this contract. But what about his arm Martin threw...
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were reportedly hot in pursuit of former Yankees catcher Russell Martin, and for two years and $17 million, Martin is now a Pirate.
Martin, who will turn 30 this coming February, made $7.5 million with the Yankees this past season, his second with the club. In 133 games, he had 21 homers and a .211/.311/.403 line, providing 2.2 wins above replacement for...
A few updates on Russell Martin today.
**Yesterday we heard a report that the Pirates offered $25 M over three years. Later we heard that amount was high. George A. King III of The New York Post says that the Pirates offered two years initially, then moved to a three year, $22 M offer.
**Daniel Rathman of Baseball Prospectus looks at Russell Martin’s value (subscription required...
As you may have noticed, I (Jason) have been attempting to write more here on good ol' TPA. I owe Bill and Mike a lot and I haven't really been handling my obligations lately. Tonight, though, I had to spend five hours proofreading a book for my wife, so I was unable to write a blog post. What follows is the post that she wrote for me. (I'm not kidding.)
According to everyone on earth the Pirates have signed Russell Martin to a two year deal worth $17 million. The Pirates were rumored to be heavily interested in Martin and were said to have offered him three years earlier this week. It seems the fanbase is pretty split on this deal. Most of what I’ve [...]
The New York Yankees were in no hurry to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates swept in when they had the chance.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star, hoping he can give them some pop at the plate and respectable defense behind it.
The deal is pending a physical. The person...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington.
“With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire...
Russell Martin, le Bête Magnifique Quebecois -- is no longer a Yankee. The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star -- ripping him away from...
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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...
As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical. We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.
The Pirates are indeed going to non-tender Jeff Karstens. Jeff was entering his third arbitration year and was projected to make around $4 million. Instead, the Bucs are allowing him to become a free agent. His departure clears space on the roster for Russell Martin, who was officially signed today.
This move doesn’t make sense to me. Karstens has shown to be a very reliable starter...