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Whither Russell Martin? Hardly

Much has been made by some members of the Toronto media about the struggles C Russell Martin has had at the plate in the past month.  They point to the month of August, when he hit all of .138, and his second half, where he has barely been above the Mendoza line at .205.  They use that as evidence that the prized free agent signee is wearing down, and needs more rest, and isn’t...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin homers twice vs. old team, Jays rout Yanks in opener

NEW YORK — Russell Martin homered twice and drove in four runs against his former team, and the Toronto Blue Jays went deep five times to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 Friday night in the opener of their weekend showdown for first place in the AL East. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each hit a two-run shot in a five-run first inning to build a big lead for David Price. Edwin...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
Via Fangraphs
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Showing His Worth

Russell Martin has been the MLB’s best catcher through the first 30 games. When the Toronto Blue Jays dished out $82 million over 5 years to sign Canadian catcher Russell Martin, it came as a bit of a surprise to some due to the fact Dioner Navarro was coming off a 2.0 fWAR season, the best of his career for a full season of catching. Navarro looked much better to Blue Jays...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
May 09, 2015  |  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
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Martin will decline his qualifying offer

Jon Heyman reports Russell Martin will turn down his qualifying offer in a confusing sentence with so many commas and em dashes that he might as well write a Pittsburgh Pirate blog with a name cribbed from a rhetorical Simon and Garfunkel question: Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer...
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Heyman: Russell Martin wants five years, Pirates going to “unusual lengths”

There’s not a whole lot of new news here, but Jon Heyman gives us the first Russell Martin update of the off-season: Pittsburgh, which extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer that he will surely turn down, is said to be quite interested in bringing back Martin to the point of going to unusual lengths for them to try to make it happen. The Pirates, as was reported here, made...
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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