Two weeks ago, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that veteran free agent catcher Russell Martin intends to play in 2020, but he has turned down some opportunities in order to address a “family matter.” Not much has changed since then, but the Mets and Athletics are among the teams to have checked in on him, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports.
Martin, 37, had the worst season of his career last year with the Dodgers, batting .220/.337/.330 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 249 plate appearances. It marked the fifth consecutive season in which his adjusted OPS declined. The same, unsurprisingly, can be said of his WAR, which peaked at 5.4 in 2014 but came in at 0.7 last season.
Despite his age and declining production, Martin is still solid defensively and teams still very much value having leaders in the clubhouse. One could do a lot worse than bringing in Martin on a one-year deal, especially on a team with a lot of younger players.
As they stand now, the Mets would have Wilson Ramos as the starting catcher with Tomás Nido backing him up. The Athletics have Sean Murphy and Austin Allen.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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