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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.