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RUSSELL MARTIN RUMORS

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
4 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
5 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
5 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?
6 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
6 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

First, Melky; now, Martin: The Blue Jays really know how to jab the knife

Today, Toronto signed Russell Martin, which means they're guaranteed to win at least one game next year in New York... because revenge is guarding a dish best served cold. Of course, Martin should never have been let go by the Yankees, much like Blue Jays stalwart Melky Cabrera, whom we traded for Javier Vazquez, (the second time, after he'd given up the grand slam than exorcised...

Blue Jays, Russell Martin reach five-year deal for $82 Million

Tweet Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a five-year, $82 million contact, according to a high-ranking executive who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since the contract has yet to be finalized, confirming the original report by CBSSports. Martin was one of the top free agents on the market. The Pirates offered Martin, who is one of the top defensive...
Via Los That Sports Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin to a Five-Year, $82 Million Contract

The Toronto Blue Jays made a surprising trip into the MLB free agent market on Monday by reportedly signing former All-Star catcher Russell Martin to a whopping five-year, $82 million contract. REPORTS: @BlueJays, @russellmartin55 agree to 5-year, $82M deal. Club has not confirmed. http://t.co/viNbgqSQAE pic.twitter.com/eYYYYBB8Bs — MLB (@MLB) November 17, 2014 Martin, 31, is...
Via Sportsnaut
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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