Russell Martin will reject his $15.3 million qualifying offer

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Free agent catcher Russell Martin will reject the $15.3 million qualifying offer he received from the Pirates, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. It’s not shocking, as Martin is expected to strike big on a multi-year deal this off-season, having already drawn significant interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates, and Blue Jays.

The free agent market for catchers is uninspiring beyond Martin, as A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross are the best of the remainder, so once Martin is off the market, the losing teams may resort to filling their catching needs via trade.