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RUSSELL MARTIN RUMORS

Blue Jays Primed for Division Crown

Part three of a five-part series on the American League East sees us examining why it is the Toronto Blue Jays‘ year to finally win the division. The Blue Jays had a busy offseason adding two big bats in Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics and Russell Martin via free agency. They finally addressed their biggest need in signing Martin to a five-year deal. Donaldson has become...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

I haven’t freaked out yet about Russell Martin’s absence (but maybe I should)

Now that we’re rolling into season preview season, I’m starting to notice a trend in Pirate previews. There are really, really positive previews and there are guardedly optimistic ones. The dividing line between the two tends to be what the previewer thinks of the absence of Russell Martin. I mainly noticed this while reading the Bucs Dugout preview, in which Charlie is a little...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin, MLB Catchers Have Stopped Stealing

Catchers are generally associated with stopping stolen bases on the defensive side. Last season, catchers stopped stealing bases on the offensive side as well. Russell Martin, Carlos Ruiz, and Jonathan Lucroy tied for the Major League Baseball lead for stolen bases by a catcher in 2014 with four. Catchers are not known for their prowess […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  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 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

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
October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been expecting Russell Martin to be gone at the end of the year. The catcher is having a career year at the plate, and over the last two years the appreciation for catcher defense has gone way up across the league, increasing his value. Complicating the matters further is the fact that the Pirates balked at giving A.J. Burnett more than $12 M last year...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Russell Martin 'perfect fit' for Chicago

The Chicago Cubs are getting closer to becoming a contender. They are starting to see the future now -- Chicago has called up many of their top prospects this September -- and contention does not appear to be too far away. If they have a good offseason, we could possibly be seeing the Cubs in the playoffs as soon as next season.#455204138 / gettyimages.comOne piece that the Cubs...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Diego police officer refuses to give ball to fans

During Monday night’s Pirates-Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego, a police officer caught a foul ball (on a hop, mind you) off the bat of Russell Martin. The cop then proceeded to keep the ball for himself, instead of tossing it to one of the fans begging for the ball. If there was a kid around, I’d have more of an issue with this – there’s no reason to give away your...
Via The Outside Corner
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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