Pirates Have 11th Highest Draft Bonus Pool in 2015

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a draft bonus pool of $7,392,200 in 2015, which ranks as the 11th highest in baseball. The Pirates don’t make their first selection until the 19th pick, but they have a compensation pick(32nd overall) for losing Russell Martin to the Toronto Blue Jays, so that pushes them closer to the top of the list. As noted in...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders tears meniscus after stepping on sprinkler head

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until the All-Star break. Saunders sustained the while chasing a ball during batting practice on Wednesday morning.  He stepped on a sprinkler head while going for a ball and felt a pop. “My foot got jammed,” Saunders told a group of reporters on Thursday, per MLB...
Via Sports-Glory
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Knuckleballer Dickey, Martin pair up for 1st bullpen session

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has grown accustomed to seeing new faces behind the plate during his two-plus years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since a trade in December 2012 sent the NL Cy Young Award winner from the New York Mets to Toronto, Dickey has worked with several catchers. There's been Henry Blanco, J.P. Arencibia, Erik Kratz and Josh Thole, who was...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro asks for trade

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro asked for a trade in November after free agent Russell Martin signed with the team. Navarro said Monday at the Blue Jays' spring training camp that nothing has changed. He wants to go to a team where he can play every day. The 31-year-old from Venezuela says he holds no grudges and will work hard this spring, hoping an...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Our next stop on our journey through the AL East takes us north of the border, where the 22-year playoff drought of Canada’s lone Major League team has supposedly been close to being erased in recent years, only to see the team fall short due to injuries, bad luck and seemingly everything in between. Now, with the signing of a hometown hero and what looks to be a wily trade by...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday Russell Martin, you’re a fantasy baseball bust

We’ve been a little slow getting around to our fantasy baseball contact here inside the locker room, as closing the door on football season involved a longer wrap than anticipated and because I haven’t been particularly inspired to write about any subject. That all changed this morning with a tweet from the Toronto Blue Jays: Happy Birthday @russellmartin55! RT to wish Russell...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Apparently, the Reds are screwed if Joey Votto leads the league in OBP

Long-time Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman is a legend. Yet, this quote about Reds first baseman Joey Votto is…well, it’s downright silly, if we’re being blunt here. "if this guy comes back and is content to lead the lead in OBP again, then this team is in deep trouble,"-Marty on Votto #Reds @700wl — Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) February 13, 2015 Only...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Millionaire pitcher Daniel Norris lives in a VW camper van

@DanielNorris18 Toronto Blue Jays 21-year-old pitching prospect Daniel Norris used his $2-million signing bonus to buy a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van, which he plans to live in during spring training as he’s done the last two seasons. The van, nicknamed Shaggy after the Scooby-Doo character, will be Norris’s home for the next 2 1/2 months in Dunedin, Fla. In...
Via Sports-Glory
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Discussing Toronto Blue Jays’ Dioner Navarro

With the recent news of designated hitter Victor Martinez tearing his medial meniscus in his left knee during an offseason workout, the Detroit Tigers have had internal discussions about the possibility of trading for Toronto Blue Jays’ catcher Dioner Navarro, according to a report by Jeff Blair of Sportsnet 590. Martinez is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, as he is projected...
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers and Blue Jays had ‘discussions’ about Dioner Navarro

With question marks surrounding Victor Martinez’s knee and Alex Avila’s concussions, the Tigers apparently explored the idea of trading for Toronto’s Dioner Navarro according to Jeff Blair  of Blair went as far as saying the two teams ‘had discussions’ regarding the Blue Jays catcher who now is limited to a backup role after the Jays signed Russell Martin...
Via The Majors Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays’ Pick Up Brad Allen’s Option

Focused on improving their entire organization this off-season; the Toronto Blue Jays have made several moves that are designed to improve every club in their system. While the signing of Russell Martin and the trade for Josh Donaldson takes the cake, the Blue Jays have continued their efforts to better their affiliate clubs as well. With a continued focus on developing quality pitching...
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: catchers

Leading into the 2015 season, The Outside Corner will be ranking the ten best players and units in baseball at nine positions – catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, outfield, bench, starting pitcher, and relief pitcher. The infield positions will be ranked on an individual basis, while the group positions will be ranked by team. First up – baseball’s ten...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Cervelli < 500

My biggest problem with the question, “How do you replace Russell Martin?” is that it’s sort of a trick question. If we define “Russell Martin” as a very strong defensive catcher with an emphasis on pitch-framing that has decent on-base abilities (at least as it comes to walk-percentage) and decent pop for the position, well, I think the Pirates are relatively good at identifying...
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Not Every Free Agent Is Expensive

This offseason, it seems like everyone is coming at a premium price. Pablo Sandoval, Russell Martin, Victor Martinez, Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Billy Butler all smashed their crowdsourcing projections. Zach Duke got $15 million and we didn’t even bother crowdsourcing him! And we haven’t even reached the Winter Meetings. Yet not every free agent […]
Via Fangraphs
December 05, 2014  |  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 Baseball Essential
November 21, 2014  |  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 be arrogant or cocky. I felt we wanted him...
Via AP on Fox
November 20, 2014  |  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 midst of...
Via FenwayNation
November 20, 2014  |  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
November 20, 2014  |  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
November 20, 2014  |  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
November 19, 2014  |  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
November 19, 2014  |  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
November 19, 2014  |  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
November 18, 2014  |  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 Baseball Essential
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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