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RUSSELL MARTIN RUMORS

The bizarre (legal) play that almost started a riot

When Russell Martin‘s throw back to the pitcher hit Shin-Soo Choo, and Rougned Odor raced home to score the go-ahead run, the pages of baseball’s rule book fluttered open across America and Canada. A stunned silence in the park hid the grinding of gears behind the masks, and in baseball’s offices — was that strange, strange play… legal? Yes, it turns out. To the consternation...
Via Fangraphs
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

A Theory on Russell Martin’s Framing Numbers

Projection systems tend to look at reality a whole lot more soberly than us humans, who can fall madly in love with a player on the basis of aesthetic appeal alone. That’s why most offseason columns here at FanGraphs reviewing free-agent acquisitions tend to damper down instead of ramp up excitement. So it is a […]
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Showing His Worth

Russell Martin has been the MLB’s best catcher through the first 30 games. When the Toronto Blue Jays dished out $82 million over 5 years to sign Canadian catcher Russell Martin, it came as a bit of a surprise to some due to the fact Dioner Navarro was coming off a 2.0 fWAR season, the best of his career for a full season of catching. Navarro looked much better to Blue Jays...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell and thank you, Russell Martin

Now that it’s more or less official that Russell Martin won’t be a Pirate in 2015, I have some mixed feelings. I don’t know how much money the Pirates offered Martin and I suspect that we won’t really know for sure (their negotiations with starting pitchers will be much more difficult if agents know how much they were willing to spend on Martin) for a while, but from my perspective...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

About an hour after I named Russell Martin one of the bargains of this free agent crop, the Blue Jays removed him from the pile, signing him to a five year, $82.5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal. This was slightly higher than the 5/$75M I’d guessed in my predictions, and quite a bit higher than the 4/$64M that the crowdsourced project produced. As with the Heyward...
Via Fangraphs
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Martin will decline his qualifying offer

Jon Heyman reports Russell Martin will turn down his qualifying offer in a confusing sentence with so many commas and em dashes that he might as well write a Pittsburgh Pirate blog with a name cribbed from a rhetorical Simon and Garfunkel question: Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Heyman: Russell Martin wants five years, Pirates going to “unusual lengths”

There’s not a whole lot of new news here, but Jon Heyman gives us the first Russell Martin update of the off-season: Pittsburgh, which extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer that he will surely turn down, is said to be quite interested in bringing back Martin to the point of going to unusual lengths for them to try to make it happen. The Pirates, as was reported here, made...
Via WHYGAVS?
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Front-loading Russell Martin’s contract

Yesterday morning I tweeted out the link to my post examining the long-term payroll effects of signing Russell Martin, and within an hour or so two different people (@ASaunders_PSN and @hiddenvigorish) asked me the same question: If the potential exists for Martin’s deal to be a long-term problem with the Pirates’ rising arbitration commitments, why not sign Martin to a front...
Via WHYGAVS?
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pirates likely to offer Russell Martin qualifying offer

Entering the offseason, Russell Martin is sure to be a hot commodity as the best catcher on the market.  His phone is sure to be ringing off the hook as when the free agency period begins.  It is being reported by Jon Heyman of CBSsports that Martin will receive a qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates worth 15.3 million dollars. #456494282 / gettyimages.com pirates...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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