Free agent catcher Russell Martin has already met with the Cubs, who “rolled out the red carpet” for him, but he is expected to meet with at least three more teams which include the Pirates, Dodgers, and Blue Jays according to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago.
Martin, who will turn 32 years old in February, hit .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI this past season. He received high marks for his defense and handling of the Pirates’ pitching staff as well.
Though the Pirates certainly want to bring him back, GM Neal Huntington seems at peace with the idea that the club may be priced out. In September, he said, “We are going to go way beyond our comfort level and hope it’s enough. If it’s not then we’ve got to work hard to get out and try to back fill as best as we can.”