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    Default Bucs interested in Russell Martin?

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Pirates might be willing to offer Russell Martin a three-year deal in the range of $25 million.
    The belief is that the Yankees are only willing to offer two years, so the Pirates may come in with the top bid. Martin likes New York and he would have the best chance to win there, so it's possible he could stick around if the Yankees add an option year or bump up his annual salary. The Rangers and Mariners have also been mentioned as possible suitors for Martin, but it appears that the decision will come down to the Pirates and Yankees. The 29-year-old backstop will likely make his choice in the next several days, possibly before the Winter Meetings begin next week.
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    Wow, just wow. This guy seems to be in a career batting average/OBP death spiral since 2007. To offer him this much money? I'd rather bring in a scrub for a one year deal and go with the Fort hoping Sanchez puts it together finally at Indy.
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    Default Re: Bucs interested in Rusell Martin?

    I think I read Martin wants a 4 year, $40 million deal (basically $10M/year. Yanks are offering a 2 year deal (unknown amount) and the Pirates are rumored to be offering a 3year/$25M deal (app. $8.3M/year).

    His drop in batting average I think has more to do with him being traded from the NL West to the AL East. While with the Dodgers (5 years) he hit for an average of .270. I assume he was injured after the all start break in 2010, because he has very little stats for the second half of the season. His HR, OPS and SLG numbers increased when he was with the Yankees. His K numbers increased as his power numbers increased. Not sure if he is going into to a BA spiral more so than he is becoming more of a power hitter.

    I wouldn't mind seeing him with the Buccos, but he is liked in NY and he likes NY which means if the yanks can make a comparable offer, I think he'll stay with the yanks.

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    Default Re: Bucs interested in Rusell Martin?

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    Wow, just wow. This guy seems to be in a career batting average/OBP death spiral since 2007. To offer him this much money? I'd rather bring in a scrub for a one year deal and go with the Fort hoping Sanchez puts it together finally at Indy.
    Agreed. Plus he has missed time here and there over the last 2 years with a sore back. Just a few games sprinkled around...BUT....

    I don't want him. Not that I don't like him. I just don't want him now. If they are going to spend the $$$ then sign somebody else or TRADE some prospects and get a guy who is under contract and pay his salary.
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    Default Re: Bucs interested in Rusell Martin?

    He's expensive but he's younger, has the potential for an improvement with his BA and is above average defensively and calls a good game. Those last 2 things outweigh his batting average IMO. The reality is that Fort is a backup. He had a couple of Fluke months in 2012 that boosted his production but he's really nothing mroe than a backup. The Pirates need a short term solution at catcher until Tony Sanchez is ready.

    What's nice about Martin is that he could be good trade material as well. He's yopung enough, there'd be years of control (when Sanchez is ready for the promotion) so this makes sense from that perspective as well.

    I've got no problem with going after Russell martin
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