Rumor: Pirates making a run at Russell Martin

There are a number of teams interested in free agent catcher Russell Martin, but it appears to be coming down to a race between the Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman says that the Pirates are prepared to offer him a three-year $25 million deal. He added that so far the Yankees are not “offering anything close to that,” and seem to prefer a two-year deal. Martin is believed to prefer re-signing with the Yankees though and Heyman suggests that if the Yankees increase their offering in either salary, an option year, or a third year that might be enough to land him.

It doesn’t sound like Martin is expected to take long in making a decision and one could come before the Winter Meetings which start next Monday in Nashville, Tenn.┬áThe Rangers and Mariners are also expected to be involved in the bidding for Martin.

Crazy times we’re living in when the Pirates are able to outbid the Yankees.

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11 Responses to Rumor: Pirates making a run at Russell Martin

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Let them have him. This guy sucks offensively, his numbers are in a nosedive, and anyone stupid enough to pick Pittsburgh over NY deserves all that's coming to him. I mean, honestly. Romine, Whiteside and Stewart, serve it up!

  2. John says:

    and he'll be reunited with his buddy, AJ Burnett. C-ya Russell and good luck in the city that MLB forgot.

  3. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    If the contract was 2y/12-14M that would be different. For the amount of money the Pirates are paying I really don't care.

    What pissed me off was reading Denard Span for just one single highly-touted pitching prospect.
    The twins are so dumb, and I don't understand how Cashman didn't get involved in a Span trade, He has an extremely friendly contract and it didn't take too much to get him, I even would say it took nothing.

    • Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

      Not sure why you're so upset about Span. He's a very average hitter who's value derives from playing a position that the Yankees have two guys who can play.

    • I think that's a great move for the Twins. They landed a potential ace in that trade.

      • We landed a potential ace just for Montero that's why I think they could get more from Span.
        It's just a potential pitcher. Look at Joba, Brackman or Betances and there were 3 potentials. Also look at Pineda he was supposed to be more than a potential he was supposed to be a probed one that's why I prefer 2-4 well tested players

  4. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    Wow! I'm surprise that the Yanks didn't pull the trigger on that but I guess the AAV was a bit too much for them. Certainly the dollars couldn't have been an issue apart from 2014 budget considerations.

  5. ollie says:

    You Martin haters got your way, he is off to the Pirates. So now they have a prehistoric pitching staff and no catcher. Maybe Posada is coming back! I really miss "The Boss"

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Oh yeah, we got our way. Cashman has me on speed dial. I like Martin, but a player who "hits" .211 is not good enough to keep around.
      And "the Boss" is Springsteen, Steinbrenner was a horse's ass. The great teams of the 90's were assembled by Bob Watson and Gene Michael, when he was banned from baseball. The teams he assembled for 12 years (82-94) sucked ass. So every time somebody misses him, they're advertising their ignorance. Anyone care to guess what the last great signing or trade was that was a Steinbrenner special (and not Cashman)?

  6. Fred says:

    …Two years 17 Mil was too rich for us?

    These are strange days

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