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RUSSELL MARTIN RUMORS

Heyman: Dodgers Offered Martin Four Years and $74 Million

We still don’t really know what the Dodger catching situation is going to look like in 2015, but I imagine it’s not going to look like it does right now. A.J. Ellis was tendered a contract, Drew Butera was DFA’d, and Ryan Lavarnway was claimed. Ellis has much to prove coming off a poor 2014, Lavarnway may not even be considered a catcher any longer —  he played twice as...
Via Dodgers Digest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin And Big Contracts To Older Catchers

Just like winter, hot stove season appears to be arriving early this year. Somewhat lost in all of the hubbub regarding Giancarlo Stanton‘s record-breaking deal is Russell Martin‘s five-year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Though it is heavily backloaded, this still ranks as the third-largest catching contract currently on any club’s books […]
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  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...
Via WHYGAVS?
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin to a Five-Year, $82 Million Contract

The Toronto Blue Jays made a surprising trip into the MLB free agent market on Monday by reportedly signing former All-Star catcher Russell Martin to a whopping five-year, $82 million contract. REPORTS: @BlueJays, @russellmartin55 agree to 5-year, $82M deal. Club has not confirmed. http://t.co/viNbgqSQAE pic.twitter.com/eYYYYBB8Bs — MLB (@MLB) November 17, 2014 Martin, 31, is...
Via Sportsnaut
November 17, 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 […]
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...
Via WHYGAVS?
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams

Bruce Levine reports that Russell Martin met with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and that the catcher is talking with four clubs. The Cubs met with free agent Russell Martin and his agent on Thursday . Russell talking with four clubs . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 7, 2014 Earlier in the week we heard that the Cubs would be going after Martin. The Pirates are probably...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 07, 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

Cubs Will Target Russell Martin

The Chicago Cubs will target free agent catcher Russell Martin, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Martin has been predicted to land with the Cubs on a few free agent lists, with one of them being the MLBTR predictions. The Cubs have a lot of money to spend, a young offense, and will need pitching and catching. Heyman says they could also target one of the top free agent starters...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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