Dodgers in the running to land Martin
The Dodgers are reportedly looking to swoop in and sign top free-agent catcher Russell Martin, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Martin had previously garnered interest from a number of teams, most notably the Jays, Cubs and even the Pirates, despite the fact that Pittsburgh recently acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli after Martin turned down the club’s qualifying offer. While the Cervelli acquisition could simply be a matter of having a fallback option, it’s also possible that the Pirates made the deal knowing they wouldn’t be able to outbid a team such as the Dodgers.
Martin, of course, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft and spent the first five years of his big league career with the club from 2006-10. He made two All-Star appearances and won a Gold Glove during his time with the Dodgers, though he never posted an on-base percentage anywhere near the career-best .402 mark he racked up this past season with the Pirates.
Along with his impressive 2014 campaign, Martin also benefits from the fact that he is far and away the top catcher on the free agent market this offseason. That will ultimately drive up his price, something that does not seem to deter the Dodgers as of right now.
Although the Cubs and Blue Jays remain very much in the mix, the Dodgers are apparently willing to spend the money necessary to land Martin, if that indeed is the route the organization chooses to go.
— Paul Casella