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RUSSELL MARTIN RUMORS

The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top

Not only did Baseball America release the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 draft report card yesterday, they also gave a first look at the top 50 for the 2015 draft. Admittedly, that list will change 100 times before the draft starts and with compensation picks and teams losing picks for signing free agents, the draft order will change almost as much. This list is just to give you a rough...
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First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in Chris Stewart last year to serve as a defensive specialist behind Russell Martin. Stewart did not exactly specialize in defense during the 2014 season. The catcher posted his best year ever offensively, with a .693 OPS that was over 100 points higher than his career numbers entering the season. That was largely fueled by a .364 BABIP, which is way...
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2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid

Almost two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. The deal was for two years and $17 M, outbidding the New York Yankees by a few million. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Pirates, opting to enter free agency a year earlier. That turned out to be a very wise decision. At the end of the 2013 season,...
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2 days ago  |  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.compirates plan to...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates plan to give C Russell Martin $15.3 million qualifying offer

The Pirates plan to extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to star free-agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said. The Pirates made a multiyear offer to Martin sometime during the season, as was reported here, and are apparently serious in their efforts to try to retain Martin. The qualifying offer itself represents quite a raise for Martin, although a huge season has...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies Rumors: Russell Martin to Colorado?

The Colorado Rockies struggled to a 66-96 record this season, fourth in the National League Central. Although third in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Rockies were derailed because of a staff that was 30th in ERA at 4.84. One player who may help both the offense and the staff is veteran catcher Russell Martin, who should be at the top of the list of free agent catchers this...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer

I missed this while I was on the road yesterday, but Jon Heyman reports that Russell Martin turned down an offer during the 2014 season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman says that the terms of the deal were unknown, and that there’s no indication that the sides are anywhere close on a deal right now. This news isn’t a surprise. I wrote the other night about how Martin has been...
Via Pirates Prospects
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Russell Martin declined extension offer

Finding a good catcher is one of the hardest things to do, and the Pittsburgh Pirates could be in the market for a new one very soon.  After two strong seasons as a Pirate, free agent Russell Martin looks to be on his way out in Pittsburgh.#456055584 / gettyimages.comJon Heyman is reporting that the Pirates made an offer to try to lure Martin back before the season came to an...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

It’s now the offseason, so it’s time to talk about potential roster upgrades. The Dodgers have huge holes in the bullpen, some minor ones in the starting rotation, and of course, the left side of the infield. However, the biggest hole in last year’s lineup was catcher. It’s safe to say that A.J. Ellis had a down year in 2014. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254, only being saved from...
Via Dodgers Digest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin: Red Sox ‘Definitely A Place To Consider’ In Free Agency

Free agency can change a man’s tune. Catcher Russell Martin, who is set to hit the open market after spending the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, apparently no longer hates the Red Sox. In fact, he thinks very highly of Boston. “It’s definitely a place to consider if the option is there,” Martin told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford during a late September interview...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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