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2015 MLB Draft: A look at possible 2015 qualifying offers and how they could effect the Cardinals draft

With the 2014 World Series underway, we can start looking at the offseason schedule. Last week, I brought you a full schedule of events for the offseason. First up on the agenda are qualifying offers. Teams have 5 days from the end of the Fall Classic to offer up the $15.2MM, one year qualifying offer. A week later is the deadline for those players to accept the offer. After a rough...
Via Cardinals Farm
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have an interesting off-season. In the last two weeks I have been recapping all of the individual positions, noting what happened during the 2014 season and looking ahead to future years. Aside from the Russell Martin situation, and all of the decisions to be made on pitching, the Pirates have a lot of decisions to make that could go a lot of...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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,...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success

I’ve written a lot about how baseball is unfair to small market teams. The fact that some teams can spend double or triple what about a third of the league can spend in payroll illustrates that baseball doesn’t have equality. A lot of times, this argument is mistaken as saying “small market teams can’t win.” We’re currently in a year where the Kansas City Royals are...
Via Pirates Prospects
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Plan To Make Qualifying Offer

Looks like Pirates fans can sleep tight knowing Neal Huntington’s aversion to risk won’t completely screw up a Qualifying Offer for Russell Martin. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Pirates will indeed make a QO to the team’s second best player. This is literally the only good move the Pirates could make in this situation.  They aren’t signing Martin to a multi-year deal...
Via This Is Getting Old
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin. The $15.3 M qualifying offer ensures that the Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation if Martin ends up signing elsewhere. While the qualifying offer would represent quite a raise for Martin, he is in line for a multi-year deal in the same range, so it’s highly unlikely...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin

The big news today is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays. BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 14, 2014 Friedman is one of the best executives in the game, making the Rays a contender in almost every year since 2008...
Via Pirates Prospects
10 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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Early 2015 Fantasy Catcher Rankings

Now that 2014 has come to an end (fantasy wise) it’s time to start thinking about 2015, and what better place is there to start than with some autumn rankings. I’m not going to go into great depth about positional narratives, nor will you find broad positional themes here. What you will find is the meat and potatoes, which includes rankings, key positional eligibility changes...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: A Look Ahead

While the MLB postseason is in full swing, you'll have plenty of coverage coming your way from us here at The Sports Post. In the meantime, this week's Wind Up will serve as a guide to the mutterings around the rest of the baseball world—particularly outside of the postseason realm. Sure, you'll get your quick takes, but it's also time to start thinking about the...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

How Teams Have Fared After Losing a Primary Catcher in Free Agency

In a few short week Pirates catcher Russell Martin will become a free agent. The Pirates hope to retain him, and for good reason. Like most primary catchers he is an integral part of the team. Recent history has not be kind to teams that have lost their primary catcher to free agency. Over the past 5 of seasons a team has lost its primary catcher 13 times. For this study I’m considering...
Via Hidden Vigorish
13 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
13 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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs made Martin offer he could refuse; now he's coveted free agent

The Pirates made a late attempt to re-sign star catcher Russell Martin with an offer sometime during this season, but Martin is well-positioned for a monster payday after his terrific performance and there's no indication the sides are anywhere near close. The Pirates are said to have met on Martin in spring training, but the team ultimately decided to wait until after the season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
14 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Longshot Russell Martin Would Consider Boston

(Photo By Dave Arrigo)According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher Russell Martin feels Boston is "definitely a place to consider" in 2015. The 31-year-old Martin had a monster 2014 in Pittsburgh—.290 BA, 11 HRs, .832 OPS, .401 OBP—and is likely to be given a qualifying offer by the Bucs ($15.3 million). Martin hits right-handed (the Sox would prefer...
Via FenwayNation
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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