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Pirates Interested in Russell Martin

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The catching market is weak this year, and the top free agent is Russell Martin. Ken Rosenthal has an update on the interest in Martin, and notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams who are interested. He notes that Martin is drawing “significant interest” from the Pirates, Rangers, and Mariners. The New York Yankees are the favorites to sign Martin, although the Rangers could offer him a big deal.

It would be unlikely that the Pirates land him. Rosenthal notes that the Yankees might not be willing to risk losing Martin over a difference of “$2 million per season”. The Yankees and Rangers could both offer more than what the Pirates could. Those spots would probably be more appealing to Martin since those two teams would have a better shot at contending next year. I’d be surprised if anyone but the Yankees or Rangers ended up with Martin.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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