Russell Martin RUMORS & NEWS

  • Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a point at which they were not comfortable. Martin saw it another way. “I was almost relieved,” he said Tuesday. “I..." March 04

  • Big-monied Dodgers eye Martin, loom as threat to Cubs, Pirates, Jays

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers are looking into bringing back top free agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said, and they certainly have the spending power to become a formidable obstacle to the Cubs or incumbent Pirates. The Jays are a fourth team reportedly in the mix for Martin. Martin is in an..." November 14

  • Russell Martin, eyed by Cubs, Dodgers, Bucs and others, to decline one-year bid

    CBS Sports "Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline -- no surprise considering word is, he has already got four-year possibilities and might even get five. The one-year qualifying offer,..." November 10

  • Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin

    CBS Sports "The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25-million, five-year deal, are going to target top free agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said. The Cubs, expected to be a big player in the market with hopes of contending as..." November 04

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    The #Pirates have extended one-year qualifying offers to catcher @russellmartin55 and LHP Francisco Liriano.

  • Pirates plan to give C Russell Martin $15.3 million qualifying offer

    CBS Sports "The Pirates plan to extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to star free-agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said. The Pirates made a multiyear offer to Martin sometime during the season, as was reported here, and are apparently serious in their efforts to try to retain Martin. The..." October 16

  • Bucs made Martin offer he could refuse; now he's coveted free agent

    CBS Sports "The Pirates made a late attempt to re-sign star catcher Russell Martin with an offer sometime during this season, but Martin is well-positioned for a monster payday after his terrific performance and there's no indication the sides are anywhere near close. The Pirates are said to have met on..." October 10

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Russell Martin left tonight's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

  • GM says Pirates will 'do everything we can to try to keep' Russell Martin

    CBS Sports "Thanks to their comfortable 4.5-game lead in the wild-card race, the Pirates are in position to go to the postseason for the second straight year. They're only 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central with a week remaining in the season. One of the biggest reasons why the Pirates will..." September 22

  • Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

    Hardball Talk "Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on..." September 22

  • Pirates beat Dodgers, 6-3, as Alvarez, Martin hit homers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium that dated back to Sept. 16, 2011, on Thursday night, to open their west coast swing with a bang. Gerrit Cole gave the club a big start in a return to his native California. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin powered home runs off..." May 30

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    The @Pirates have reinstated @russellmartin55 from the DL. To make room for Martin, Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment.

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Russell Martin to DL (strained left hamstring), Jared Hughes recalled. Maneuvers around Friday's rules issue.

  • Martin: Replacing me with McCann was ‘expensive mistake’

    New York Post "The Yankees’ offseason spending spree caught the attention of just about everyone in baseball — including Russell Martin. The catcher was among the first casualties of ownership’s desire to avoid paying the luxury tax this season and keep the 2014 payroll under $189 million. That led to the..." March 18

  • Martin returns to starting lineup

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Catcher Russell Martin returned to the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night after missing six of the past seven games because of neck stiffness and might provide an antidote to the steal-happy Milwaukee Brewers. Martin's neck stiffened after the weekend series against the Washington Nationals that..." May 15

  • Pirates’ Martin named NL Player of the Week

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates catcher Russell Martin on Monday was named National League player of the week for the period ending April 28. In six games last week, Martin batted .375 (9 for 24) and topped the league with four home runs, a .958 slugging percentage and 23 total bases. In a 9-0 victory against the St...." April 29

  • Martin: Yanks OK behind plate

    New York Post "The Yankees are pinning their hopes on the belief the combination of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart behind the plate will keep them afloat in the AL East. The man they are trying to replace was confident that plan could work — to a point. “Both those guys can catch,” Russell Martin,..." March 18

  • New catcher Martin and Burnett are a good match for the Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Shortly after Russell Martin slid into his Pirates' catching gear for the first time, he saw a familiar face. On the first day of workouts this spring, Martin and former New York Yankees teammate A.J. Burnett were paired in the first set of bullpen sessions. And though the face was familiar,..." March 03

  • Justin Morneau Unleashes On Russell Martin Regarding WBC Dropout

    Twinkie Town "I've often felt that the highest honor in any sporting arena is to represent your country. It's why Six Nations Rugby is one of the most entertaining and visceral sporting experiences you can imagine; it's why people cry when they're standing on the podium at the Olympics; it's the feeling that..." February 28

  • Morneau baffled by Martin's Classic withdrawal "Russell Martin's last-minute decision to withdraw from the upcoming World Baseball Classic has left Team Canada with a major void in the heart of its lineup. Martin announced on Sunday that he was no longer willing to take part in the tournament. The news came as a major surprise to Baseball..." February 26

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    Russell Martin, scratched from today's lineup, not starting or listed among reserves for tomorrow's game.

  • Russell Martin Withdraws from Team Canada

    The Score "Team Canada will be without one previously committed established Major Leaguer as Russell Martin has chosen to withdraw from the tournament. Martin’s decision to remove himself from the World Baseball Classic is reportedly due to the Pittsburgh Pirates resistance to him playing shortstop. Martin,..." February 24

  • Russell Martin, a catcher, tries shortstop in WBC

    Boston Herald "The ball slid underneath Russell Martin’s glove and into the outfield, and Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva couldn’t help but have a little fun with the three-time All-Star catcher. “We’ve only got one bag of balls left,” Leyva said with a smile before lifting his fungo bat to..." February 22

  • Pirates catcher Russell Martin, expects to play shortstop for Canada in WBC

    New York Daily News "Russell Martin is moving from backstop to shortstop. Well, temporarily. The former Yankees catcher who signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason is preparing to play shortstop for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, according to a report from Fox Sports' Jon Paul..." February 19

  • Russell Martin says there are no problems with way things ended with Yankees

    New York Daily News "Russell Martin says he has no problem with the way things ended with the Yankees, though the former pinstriped backstop did note, “Having the money and wanting to spend the money are two different things. “That’s the business aspect I have no control over,” Martin said Monday on his first day in..." February 12

  • No Yankee offer ‘confused’ Pirates’ Martin

    New York Post "When Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa’s George M. Steinbrenner Field today for the beginning of spring training, the answer to the club’s significant hole behind the plate will be in Pirate City. Russell Martin’s road from baseball’s penthouse to Pittsburgh via a two-year deal..." February 12

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