Cubs expected to target Russell Martin

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This time last year Welington Castillo was viewed as a potential long-term building block for the Cubs, but he struggled this season and now Chicago is apparently looking to make an upgrade at catcher.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Cubs “are going to target” free agent Russell Martin, who’s expected to turn down a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Pirates.

Martin figures to have plenty of suitors after hitting .290 with a .402 on-base percentage and .832 OPS in 111 games for the Pirates, but unlike most interested teams the Cubs wouldn’t have to forfeit a first-round draft pick because theirs is protected. They’d lose a second-rounder instead.