Russell Martin's looking for a chance to re-establish his big-league career.
The Colorado Rockies have the perfect opportunity for him.
The Rockies are looking to add two right-handed hitters who have enough versatility that they can provide protection at the corner spots in the outfield, infield and behind the plate. They've been in touch this week with the agents for Martin, Ty Wigginton and Jeff Francouer.
Martin would be an ideal option for the Rockies, whose manager Jim Tracy had a strong relationship with Martin when he managed the Dodgers. Martin, who wasn't tendered a contract by the Dodgers this week, is coming off a hip injury that limited his playing time in 2010.
Primarily a catcher with the Dodgers, Martin's also played third base and could be given a look at first as well.
Francouer would give the Rockies a right-handed power bat who's an excellent defensive outfielder with a strong arm, and he's athletic enough the Rockies feel he'd be comfortable as the backup to Todd Helton at first.
Wigginton's played first, second, third and in the outfield at the big-league level.
The Rockies are going to give Chris Iannetta a legitimate chance to claim the catching job, but want a backup they can project to play at least 60 games, and Martin’s ability to also play first and third would add to his playing opportunities.
The projected starting lineup has left-handed hitters at the four corner spots — Todd Helton at first, Ian Stewart at third, Carlos Gonzalez in left field and Seth Smith in right. Gonzalez is also the backup to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs is the only experienced right-handed hitter current projected on the Rockies roster.