Latest Update Pirates plan on extending the contract of catcher Russell Martin. Thu Oct, 16, 10:09 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 would probably be a wise move considering that Pittsburgh has no one internally that can replace Martin. Over two seasons with the Pirates, Martin has batted .256 with 26 home runs and 122 RBIs, but he's helped Pittsburgh's pitching staff make remarkable strides. He is Pittsburgh's number one priority and they will do everything they possibly can to bring Martin back to the Steel City.Analyst: David Kerr
While staying with the Pirates is probably something Martin would like to do, his demand on the free agent market is probably pretty darn strong. He hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the season, but what was most impressive was the .,402 OBP, He knows that someone is going to chuck some money at him this winter.Analyst: Howard Bender
The Pirates have made re-signing Martin a priority, but neither of these things means Martin will stay in Pittsburgh. Martin has played well enough he will start full time wherever he goes, though Pittsburgh's pitchers could suffer if Martin leaves.Analyst: Steve Pimental
Russell Martin was a great player for Pittsburgh all year, and for his fantasy owners as well. He hit .290 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and even stole four bases. He is an important piece for the Pirates and they are going to do what it takes to sign the veteran backstop.Analyst: Colby Conway