Pirates Make the Russell Martin Signing Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington.

“With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire to compete and win to our organization.”

Jon Heyman reported earlier that Martin would receive a $2 M signing bonus, $6.5 M in 2013, and $8.5 M in 2014. Heyman also noted that Martin decided to take $17 M for two years from the Pirates, rather than $21 M for three years.

The Pirates will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Martin. A corresponding move will be made later today.

  • I actually like the Martin signing. Its an improvement even though pricey. The real question is whether they will continue to be improve the team even though trades or aggressive free agent moves.

  • Tim, I thought we had an open spot already.

    Anyway, they non-tendered Karstens (and probably Morton today).

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