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Russell Martin | Catcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates are planning to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to impending free agent catcher Russell Martin.
It's pretty much a no-brainer for the Bucs, who will attempt to re-sign Martin but can get a compensatory draft pick if he winds up heading to another team. Martin posted a cool .290/.402/.430 batting line in 111 games this season and is still considered a very strong defensive catcher at age 31. He'll be a hot commodity on the open market. Oct 16 - 1:11 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Russell Martin turned down a contract extension from the Pirates during the second half of the regular season.

The two sides met during spring training, but the Pirates opted not to make a contract offer until well into the regular season, at which point Martin wasn't interested in negotiating. After another strong season behind the plate in Pittsburgh, the veteran backstop is going to earn a lucrative multi-year deal this winter, with the Pirates just one of many teams likely to be interested in his services.
Oct 10 - 7:57 PM

Russell Martin (groin) is in the Pirates' starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Martin missed the Pirates' final two regular season game after aggravating a lingering groin injury, but he's not going to miss Wednesday's do-or-die contest. The full lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Martin C, Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Travis Snider RF, Edinson Volquez SP.
Oct 1 - 3:24 PM

Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good."
Sep 30 - 8:57 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case.
Sep 30 - 3:21 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale.
Sep 28 - 11:35 AM

Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran backstop aggravated his hamstring injury in Friday's contest and is likely to be held out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution heading into the postseason.
Sep 27 - 11:19 AM

Russell Martin left Friday's game against the Reds in the seventh inning after apparently aggravating his hamstring injury.

He drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner, but he was grimacing in pain after a pair of check swings during that plate appearance. The Pirates are likely to play things safe and keep him out the remainder of the weekend to let the injury heal before the postseason begins.
Sep 26 - 9:00 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) is in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. He's critically important to the Pirates' success, so they likely wouldn't put him out there unless they were certain he's OK. It's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
Sep 25 - 4:28 PM

Russell Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness.

There's some reason for concern there, as Martin was bothered by the same hamstring earlier in the year. With a trip to the postseason already sewn up, the Pirates may just be playing it cautious with their catcher.
Sep 24 - 9:21 PM

Russell Martin left Wednesday's game against the Braves with a possible ankle injury.

Martin appeared to tweak something getting back to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by Chris Stewart in the bottom half of the inning. The Pirates should provide some more information on his status shortly.
Sep 24 - 8:45 PM

Russell Martin had the game-winning RBI single in the Pirates' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Martin broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Pirates would win by the same margin. Martin finished 1-for-3 on the day. The extended his hitting streak to 12 games, raising his average to .297. The 31-year-old has had a quietly productive year behind the plate.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Russell Martin hit a dramatic go-ahead three-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

After Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings, Martin put the Pirates in front in the eighth inning against Jonathan Broxton and sent PNC Park into pandemonium. The veteran backstop has had a fantastic under-the-radar year, batting .296/.408/441 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI while throwing out 39 percent of attempted basestealers. He's a big reason why the Pirates are currently on track for their second straight postseason appearance. Look for him to land a nice contract in free agency this winter.
Sep 19 - 10:46 PM

Russell Martin extended his hitting streak to eight games, slugging a two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday's win against the Red Sox.

Martin, who finished 1-for-4, took Anthony Ranaudo out to right-center for a two-run home run in the second inning, putting the Buccos up 2-0 at the time. It's the catcher's 10th long ball of the season, and he now owns a .294/.408/.434 with 63 RBI. Martin should wind up with a few back-end NL MVP votes after the season.
Sep 16 - 10:39 PM

Russell Martin knocked in three runs for the Pirates as they handed the Phillies a loss on Wednesday.

Martin singled in a pair in the first inning against a laboring Jerome Williams. The catcher then slugged a solo home run to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. Martin, who is a free agent after the season, could soon cash in on his strong season, as he has swatted nine home runs and knocked in 57 runs along with a .291/.409/.421 slash line.
Sep 10 - 10:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
3Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Casey Sadler
10Bobby LaFromboise
11John Holdzkom