Report: Chicago Cubs to target free-agent catcher Russell Martin
Last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Martin hit .290 with an on-base percentage of .402. The catcher hit 11 home runs, drove 67 runs in and stole four bases. Among everyday catchers, Martin's on-base plus slugging percentage of .832 was only lower than Giants' Buster Posey and Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers.
SI.com's Ben Reiter ranked Martin as the seventh-best MLB free agent available this offseason.
Heyman also reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers, who Martin played for in his first five MLB seasons, could be a good fit as well. According to Heyman, the Pirates also extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer that Martin will likely turn down.
From CBS Sports:
Martin is believed seeking a five-year deal considering that has been the precedent set for top catchers. Brian McCann, Yadier Molina and Miguel Montero all signed five-year deals, for $85 million, $75 million and $60 million, respectively. It should be noted that the Molina and Montero deals were done before free agency, and Molina's was done before he became commonly viewed as a superstar.
- Sarah Barshop