Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from executives involved in the bidding for free agent catcher Russell Martin that the Cubs are the “clear front-runner”. He adds that Russell is likely to fetch a deal in the range of four years and $64 million.
Martin is the prize of this off-season’s class of free agent catchers after batting .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Pirates. He continues to draw praise for his defense, pitch framing, and handling a pitching staff as well.
In the event the Cubs do land Martin, they will likely make 27-year-old catcher Welington Castillo available.