Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports was the first to report that the Pirates reached a two-year, $17 million deal with free-agent catcher Russell Martin on a contract. Martin earned $7.5 million last season when he hit .211 with a .713 OPS, 21 home runs and 53 RBI which was still better than the Pirates 2012 catcher Rod Barajas, who hit .206 with 11 homers and threw out six-of-99 potential base stealers.
The Yankees wanted to re-sign Martin, who threw out 20-of-83 base stealers (25%), but either did not want to pay the same money as Pittsburgh or consider Martin too young (he turns 30 in February) since the Yanks have focussed on re-signing Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
”I want to thank the (at)yankees organization and fans for treating me with class and respect… I will truly miss the city and people of NY,” Martin posted on his Twitter account late Thursday.
Last season, MLB catchers averaged .248
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Over the last five seasons, Martin has been one of the most durable catchers.