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Russell Martin News

  • Martin pegged to bat in two-hole for Blue Jays

    Even though Spring Training is still a couple of months away, it appears as though Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is set on using catcher Russell Martin near the top of the order.

  • Back home, Martin officially joins Blue Jays

    Toronto introduced the biggest signing of general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure on Thursday as catcher Russell Martin donned a Blue Jays jersey for the first time.

  • Martin's deal gives Toronto payroll flexibility

    The Blue Jays opened the vault this week by signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year contract worth $82 million, but it's the structure of his deal that's of equal importance to the overall value. Martin's contract is heavily backloaded to provide Toronto with additional flexibility over the next two years.

  • Martin, Blue Jays agree to five-year deal

    The Blue Jays took the baseball world by surprise on Monday morning when it was learned they had agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Russell Martin on a five-year contract, and on Tuesday they formally announced the signing of the three-time All-Star.

  • Martin, Liriano turn down qualifying offers

    Catcher Russell Martin and left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano on Monday both rejected qualifying offers from the Pirates, who are now positioned to be compensated if the free agents wind up signing with another team.

  • Bucs' Martin named top defensive catcher

    Russell Martin received the 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award at catcher on Wednesday for his splendid play behind the plate for the Pirates.

  • Bucs make qualifying offers to Martin, Liriano

    The Pirates have extended qualifying offers of $15.3 million to a pair of their free agents, catcher Russell Martin and left-handed starter Francisco Liriano. Not receiving the offer were right-hander Edinson Volquez and infielder Clint Barmes.

  • Marte and Martin up for GG; Cutch shut out

    Pirates left fielder Starling Marte and catcher Russell Martin are among the three finalists at their positions for the National League Gold Glove Award, but center fielder Andrew McCutchen did not make the cut.

  • Martin feels the love in Pittsburgh

    While some of the record PNC Park crowd scattered over the Allegheny River in an effort to beat traffic, the ones who remained during the ninth inning of the Pirates' 8-0 season-ending loss to the Giants on Wednesday night realized and appreciated what was happening. Russell Martin -- the 31-year-old Bucs catcher who has had a career season and turned into a beloved figure -- led off the final half inning of the National League Wild Card Game to a chant of "Re-sign Russ!"

  • Martin able to bring Bucs' lineup together

    With Russell Martin convinced that his balky left hamstring won't keep him out of action and with a left-hander going for the Giants in Madison Bumgarner, the Pirates' starting lineup could write itself for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park (8 ET on ESPN).

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