Latest Update John Gibbons said he sees Russell Martin as the team's No. 2 hitter Tue Dec, 09, 04:45 PM
Is very athletic for a catcher. He's also intense and focused at the plate. Hits for average, while taking a lot of bases on balls. Can steal a few bags, too. Calls a great game behind the dish and is a leader.
Flaws: : Can be streaky at the plate and behind it (especially in terms of home-run power and when trying to throw out base-stealers). Could stand to be a more efficient base-runner. Appears to be wearing down.
That should certainly help Martin's overall fantasy value as he now bats in front of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson. If he can keep that career .354 OBP going, he's going to have a monster year for runs scored.Analyst: Howard Bender
Martin had a fantastic 2014 season, attaining what was arguably the best slash line of his career (.290/.402/.430). Like teammate Francisco Liriano, Martin decided to decline the $15.3 million qualifying offer made by the Pirates. After once again proving that he is one of the best defensive catchers in the game and showing that he has regained his 2006-2008 form at the dish, Martin should be in store for a nice payday.Analyst: Dom Murtha
The Cubs are poised to spend money this season now that they have their manager and a crop of top young players ready to contribute a veteran game caller like Martin would be a big upgrade for the Cubs and can control a staff that will like add one or two big names this off-season.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
Many reports say that it is very unlikely that he will accept the offer which means he will be pursuing a lucrative contract as a free agent. Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs in 2014.Analyst: Colby Conway