Newest On Russell Martin
We’ve reached the center of February, however longtime main league catcher Russell Martin continues to be and not using a job. He’s the very best backstop left on a market that has drastically dwindled since final season ended. As of November, Martin was nonetheless planning to play in 2020. That continues to be the case, in line with Joel Sherman of the New York Put up.
Whereas Martin has acquired possibilities to signal with groups since 2019 ended, he has turned down these alternatives for household causes, Sherman experiences. Nonetheless, expectations are that he’ll put himself again in the marketplace inside the “subsequent few weeks,” per Sherman.
For the reason that offseason commenced, the Athletics have been the one workforce related to Martin within the rumor mill. Wherever he goes (if he indicators wherever), he’ll should accept a low-paying main league contract or perhaps a minors deal. However that’s to not dismiss Martin’s huge accomplishments. Set to show 37 on Saturday, the previous Dodger, Yankee, Pirate and Blue Jay is statistically probably the most profitable catchers ever, rating ninth all-time at his place in fWAR (55.2).
Though Martin’s not the participant he was in his heyday, the four-time All-Star nonetheless has one thing to supply. Martin was value 1.2 fWAR in a part-time position final season in Los Angeles, the place he hit .220/.337/.330 in 249 plate appearances. He additionally rated as one of many high pitch-framing catchers within the recreation. Past statistics, Martin has all the time been considered a high-quality teammate and chief, so it wouldn’t be stunning to see him find yourself in a serious league uniform but once more in 2020.