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What do the Chicago Cubs do if they strike out in free agency?

At the time of this writing, we’re not too deep into the 2014-15 Major League Baseball offseason quite yet. The Winter Meetings have yet to transpire. There are still multiple marquee free agents available out on the market, and still major trade chips that have yet to move. However, for the Chicago Cubs, it would appear that the clock is ticking on their opportunity to make something...
Via The Outside Corner
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

What do the Chicago Cubs do if they strike out in free agency?

At the time of this writing, we’re not too deep into the 2014-15 Major League Baseball offseason quite yet. The Winter Meetings have yet to transpire. There are still multiple marquee free agents available out on the market, and still major trade chips that have yet to move. However, for the Chicago Cubs, it would appear that the clock is ticking on their opportunity to make something...
Via Bloguin Best
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Possible sighting of Sandoval in a flight to Boston.

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterOn a weekend where the Hot Stove has been full of tweets that give out rumors, a photo of appereantly Sandoval on a flight to Boston has been added to the list of exctiting news for the Red Sox. The Twitter user, @Drew_am_I tweeted the following:@stoolpresidente @jfietelberg Kung Foo Panda is on my flight to #Boston. Signing? pic.twitter.com/tu9UeFUV24—...
Via RedSoxLife
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Latest Free Agent Moves

As a lover of both baseball and soccer, the offseason and transfer windows can be quite the agonizing time for me as a sports fan. Still, the MLB offseason is always a little less frightening in comparison. It’s because with baseball, we understand that the majority of notable free agents will sign with a ball club—whether it’s sooner than later or the other way around....
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies "Will Shop" Carlos Ruiz

Two weeks ago it was not all that difficult for us to connect the dots: Carlos Ruiz could be moved. With Russell Martin signing with a team that no one really expected (the Pirates, Cubs, and Dodgers could really use a top catcher still) and the supply limited (no free...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays no longer an option for Pablo Sandoval

It seems as if the Toronto Blue Jays have dropped out of the race for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to Rogers Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith. Nicholson-Smith reports that there has not been any communication with the Blue Jays organization and Gustavo Vasquez, Sandoval’s agent in the last 48 hours. During a press conference for the signing of Russell Martin...
Via On-Base Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Blue Jays Soaring High

Coming into the offseason, no one really expected the Toronto Blue Jays to be huge players in the free agent market. But after signing catcher Russell Martin to an $82-million contract over five years, they are suspected to be in on a few other “big-named” players. One of those being three-time champion Pablo Sandoval. This is surprising, because it was rumored that the San...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays GM calls Martin 'key to our offseason'

  In his pursuit of Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his intentions clear in a message to the free-agent catcher's representative. ''At one point I mentioned to the agent, `Just so you know. I'm signing the player,''' a smiling Anthopoulos remembered telling Matt Colleran. ''Obviously, that wasn't to...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumors: Dioner Navarro wants out of Blue Jays organization

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Dioner Navarro feels that the recent signing of Russell Martin to a 5-year/$82M contract will diminish his role with the Blue Jays. The 30-year old Navarro hit .274, 12 RBI, with 69 RBI in 2014. Heyman also states that the Jays would give Navarro time between DH as well as catcher. The switch hitter had drawn interest from three teams, the identities...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nomar And Russell Martin Did Tequila Shots?

As we have said many times over the years, almost any story in baseball has some Red Sox connection. So it is with Toronto's recent free-agent signing of catcher Russell Martin. The Canadian native recounted a story of his first call-up with the Dodgers back in 2006—where one of his new teammates was none other than Nomar Garciaparra. The 'Big Blue Machine' was in the...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Where should catching starved teams look for help?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Where should teams look for help at catcher?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
Via The Outside Corner
5 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Did The Dodgers Make A Mistake In Non-Tendering Russell Martin in 2010?

A quick final thought on Russell Martin, who will be catching for the next five years in Toronto, and therefore not Los Angeles: I’m not sure if $82 million is the record for a player who was once non-tendered, but it has to at least be in the conversation. As you may or may not remember, the Dodgers decided to let Martin walk in the fall of 2010 rather than go to arbitration,...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Here Come the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays aren’t messing around. That much became clear when they signed free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82.5 million contract Monday, outbidding notable heavyweights in the Cubs and Dodgers in the process. The signing comes with its fair share of risks (as does any big-money contract, no matter the player). A year ago, Martin hit .226/.327/.377 for the Pirates...
Via Fire Brand AL
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin's $82M deal with Jays brings him only $7M in 2015

  Free-agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized an $82 million, five-year contract on Tuesday. A three-time All-Star, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI last season, while also helping the Pirates to a second straight playoff berth. He gets $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons. Toronto announced...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin, Jays finalize $82 million, 5-year contract

TORONTO (AP) Free agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized an $82 million, five-year contract on Tuesday. A three-time All-Star, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs last season, while also helping the Pirates to a second straight playoff berth. He gets $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons....
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin To Toronto

Neil Mehta Staff Writer Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a new contract. The deal has a 5-year, $82 million value. The 31-year-old catcher spent the last 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2014, Martin had a batting average of .290 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs. Martin was born in Toronto, so the Blue Jays are a perfect fit for him. Martin made his MLB...
Via TopSportsReport
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin, Blue Jays agree to five-year deal

The Toronto Blue Jays made a splash of their own this offseason by inking catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal, according to reports. The veteran catcher has been around for quite some time, previously a member of the Dodgers, Yankees, and Pirates. But as the saying goes, he’s an “oldie but a goodie.” Source: Martin deal with #BlueJays is five years, $82M...
Via On-Base Talk
7 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?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation in Two Years

Two years ago, Russell Martin made a very smart decision. He was reportedly seeking four years and $9-10 M per year, and no team would come close to that amount. The New York Yankees were reported to have offered two years and $13 M, or three years and $21 M. The Pittsburgh Pirates had the top offer at two years and $17 M. They also made a three-year offer. Martin declined that offer...
Via Pirates Prospects
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Comes Home To Canada

<img class=" wp-image-15158 aligncenter" src="http://baseballhotcorner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/russell-martin.jpg" alt=""<strong" width="635" height="342" /> The Toronto Blue Jays have made their biggest free agent signing since Alex Anthopoulos took over as the teams GM in 2009. Anthopoulos has never been...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Blue Jays sign C Russell Martin

TORONTO (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin have agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract. Martin took a physical Monday and the Blue Jays are expected to finalize the deal Tuesday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete. A three-time All-Star, Martin...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Sign Catcher Russell Martin

It appears that veteran catcher Russell Martin has found a new home, and it is in his country of birth. Martin has left the Pittsburgh Pirates to join the Toronto Blue Jays on a 5 year / $82 million deal. The 32 year old Canadian is considered to be one of the best signal callers and, game managers in the MLB and will be a big help in the development of the many young arms that...
Via The Sideline
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays have made a statement by signing Russell Martin

The signing of free agent Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract is out of character for the Toronto Blue Jays under general manager Alex Anthopoulos. And that’s why it’s the right move. There will be fans and media members who question whether the Blue Jays spent too much on a soon-to-be 32-year-old catcher. When placed in the proper context, it’s obvious they...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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