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55 Russell Martin C
Height/Weight: 5-10/215 | Birthdate: 2/15/1983 | Birthplace: East York, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Chipola JC FL | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 75/64 | Average Draft Position: 228.19
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Blue Jays' Gibbons views Martin as 'ideal fit' for second spot in order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called recently signed catcher Russell Martin an "ideal fit" for the second spot in the team's batting order, per MLB.com. Gibbons said Martin fits well near the top of the order because he makes consistent contact and is coming off a season in which he had a .402 on-base percentage.

"He's a guy that everybody in the organization wanted to be able to get," Gibbons said. "That was big to set the tone ... One thing about him is he's a complete player, really good behind the plate and can really handle the bat."

Martin has just a .235 average in 79 career games batting second. However, he has a career .341 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases out of the No. 2 spot in the order.


Blue Jays finalize five-year deal with catcher Russell Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Blue Jays officially announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. It is the largest free-agent contract during general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure with Toronto, according to the team's official website.

The breakdown of Martin's contract will be $7 million in the first year, $15 million in the second year and $20 million in each of the remaining three seasons, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 31-year-old catcher hit .290 with a .402 on-base percentage, .430 slugging percentage and .832 OPS in 111 games for Pittsburgh in 2014. The Blue Jays will be Martin's fourth MLB team. He played for the Dodgers, Yankees and Pirates over his first nine seasons in the majors.


Russell Martin signs five-year, $82 million deal with Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Russell Martin will be heading back to his hometown, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Blue Jays and Martin have agreed to a five-year contract worth $82 million on Monday, per Heyman.

Martin is coming off a strong 2014 campaign in which he compiled a .290/.402/.430 slash line with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in just 379 at-bats.


Report: Cubs favored to sign free agent C Russell Martin


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Cubs are the favorites to land free agent catcher Russell Martin, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which is further reporting that the signing could take place as early as the end of November.

The trade by the Pirates for catcher Francisco Cervelli could signal their surrender on the Martin front while the Dodgers haven't exhibited the same level of interest in Martin that the Cubs have. The Cubs, who have a strong base of young talent and recently landed manager Joe Maddon, appear to be setting their sights to win in 2015.

Martin is coming off a strong season in which he compiled a stat line of .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in just 379 at-bats.


Dodgers looking to bring back Russell Martin


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Dodgers are looking to sign catcher Russell Martin, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martin spent his first six seasons with the club before signing with the Yankees. The 31-year-old Martin is coming off a season in which he hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats. He's the best catcher on the market, and has already drawn interest from a number of teams. The Pirates are said to be strong suitors for Martin, but it's unclear how much money the club can spend to keep him.


Report: Pirates still in the mix to sign catcher Russell Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Pirates are not out of the running to sign catcher Russell Martin after acquiring catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. They made the trade for roster protection in case they don't re-sign Martin, who is a highly coveted free agent.

The Cubs and Dodgers are also in the mix to sign Martin, who hit .290 with a .402 on-base percentage and .832 OPS in 111 games last season.


Russell Martin rejects qualifying offer from Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Pirates were informed Monday catcher Russell Martin has rejected his one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. The Pirates will receive draft-pick compensation if Martin signs with another team.

Russell Martin meets with Cubs, lines up other visits


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) Free agent catcher Russell Martin met with the Cubs Thursday, CBSChicago.com reports, adding that Martin will also visit the Pirates, Blue Jays and Dodgers.

Martin should be a hot commodity on the market this offseason as potentially the best available catcher after hitting .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in 379 at-bats with the Pirates in 2014. Welington Castillo, the Cubs' primary catcher, hit .237/.296/.389 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 380 at-bats.


Cubs targeting catcher Russell Martin


(11/4/2014) Having already made headlines with the hiring of manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs are hoping to also make headlines on the free agent market.

The Cubs are looking at adding catcher Russell Martin, according to CBSSports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. If he does sign with the Cubs, the Pirates would be owed a compensatory draft pick after offering Martin a $15.3 million qualifying offer.

Martin is a highly coveted catcher because of his ability to not only handle a pitching staff, but to also produce at the plate. In 2014, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Pirates.


Blue Jays interested in catcher Russell Martin


(11/3/2014) Wanting a proven veteran presence behind the plate, the Blue Jays have had internal discussions about adding catcher Russell Martin, reports Sportsnet.ca.

Whether the Blue Jays have a shot at Martin is another story. The Pirates are planning on extending Martin a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Martin is a highly coveted catcher because of his ability to not only handle a pitching staff, but to also produce at the plate. In 2014, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Pirates.


Pirates to extend qualifying offer to Russell Martin


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Pirates will extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined. 

With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.


Pirates' Russell Martin turned down contract offer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin turned down a contract offer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The club made an attempt to re-sign Martin at some point during the season, but the catcher declined. The team pushed off extension talks into the season, but Martin quickly boosted his value. It's believed the Pirates will do everything they can to try and keep him, but Martin may have pushed himself out of their price range. Martin hit a solid .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats with the club.


Russell Martin collects one hit Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin picked up one hit Wednesday against the Giants.

The Pirates only mustered four hits against Madison Bumgarner, so Martin was one of the standout performers during the contest. During his last at-bat, the fans chanted for Martin to re-sign with the club during the offseason. The team continued to chant even after Martin flew out. He gave the fans a tip of the cap before going into the dugout. Martin is set to be a free agent during the offseason.


Pirates catcher Russell Martin starts Wednesday vs. Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) As expected, Pirates catcher Russell Martin made it into the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. He had been out since aggravating a hamstring injury Friday.

Russell Martin expects to start for Pirates in wild-card game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who has been out since aggravating a hamstring injury Friday, told reporters Tuesday he expects to be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants.

Russell Martin not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Reds.

Russell Martin out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Reds.

Martin re-aggravated a hamstring injury Friday, leaving the game for a pinch runner after drawing a walk. He has hit .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in 379 at-bats.


Russell Martin re-aggravates hamstring injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin appeared to have re-aggravated his hamstring injury in the seventh inning of Friday's game against the Reds.

Martin, who returned to the starting lineup Thursday after leaving Wednesday with the ailment, drew a walk in the seventh but was pulled for a pinch runner due to the pain. He finished 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .290/.402/.430 with 11 homers and 67 RBI over 379 at-bats.

"I think today it seemed to just get tougher for him to get it loose," manager Clint Hurdle said.


Russell Martin returns to action Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin returned to action Thursday.

Martin left Wednesday's game due to a hamstring issue. The injury isn't considered serious, and Martin will return to action Thursday. He'll take on David Hale and the Braves. 


Russell Martin leaves with hamstring injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin left Wednesday's game due to a hamstring issue.

Martin left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. He was 1 for 2 with a strikeout prior to leaving the contest. It's unclear how long the injury will keep him out. 


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Russell Martin slugs ninth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-3 win over the Phillies Wednesday.

Martin put the Pirates up early with a two-run single in the top of the first inning. After Andrew McCutchen smacked an inside-the-park home run in the fifth, the catcher came up two batters later and delivered a more conventional home run. Martin has hit .291/.409/.421 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and four stolen bases in 337 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Scooter Gennett, Luis Valbuena, J.J. Hardy and Mookie Betts are just of the few of the ones I recommend in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

To find out why, be sure to check it out.


Russell Martin blasts off in loss to Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) The steady, productive season of Pirates catcher Russell Martin continued Tuesday night with his first home run since Aug. 23.

Martin went deep in the second inning to give him eight homers on the season. His .292/.413/.420 stat line is his best since 2007. His on-base percentage would lead the major leagues if he had enough at-bats to qualify.


Russell Martin having impressive season


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2014) So you're the lucky owner who invested in Wilin Rosario and have driven yourself crazy trying to find an adequate replacement?

Let me ask you: Have you given a second thought to Russell Martin? Probably not. He's pretty much established his mediocrity over the last few years and is a not-so-impressive 68 percent owned.

Well, here's a revelation for you: Martin has averaged more Head-to-Head points per game this season than Buster Posey. Yes, really.

The reason I use average points per game is because he missed a month earlier this season with a strained hamstring. Since returning May 23, he's batting .305 with an incredible .431 on-base percentage and .860 OPS.

The plate discipline isn't so new to him. The batting average is. Plagued by inconsistency since his early days with the Dodgers, when he was shaping up to be an elite Fantasy catcher, he typically finishes with a batting average south of .250, but in three of the four months since his return, he has hit over .300.

Kind of makes 2008 seem not so long ago, doesn't it?