Russell Martin Signs with Blue Jays

Russell Martin Signs with Blue JaysThe Blue Jays have signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. Martin hit .290 with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season with 11 home runs and 67 runs batted in.

The Toronto-born player is poised to become the 21st Canadian Blue Jay. I'll update this list after he gets in his first regular season game.

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CQ

Approximately $16 million a year, a five year contract, for a veteran player with only 11 home runs during the last season?

November 17, 2014 @ 4:36 PM

Speysidephil

OK so the 92mm$ question is why??
What is he bringing that Navarro doesn't have.
Other than he's Canadian..?

November 17, 2014 @ 4:49 PM

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@Speysidephil

Haven't you heard about Russell Martin's stellar framing ability? Best framer, ever!

In all seriousness, who looked at the 2014 Blue Jays and said "if only we upgraded the catcher position, we'd be set"?

November 17, 2014 @ 4:56 PM

Rob

To a casual fan this move is perplexing but to most hard core Jays fans, this is an excellent move.

Martin is worth 3 more wins than Navarro and that doesn't take into account that Martin is one of the best defensive catchers in the game and one of the best game callers which will be a huge asset considering are rotation may have three first or second year starters in the rotation next season.

It also is a great sign because they wouldn't spend this kind of money on a catcher if they didn't have the intention of going all in to fill the actual holes in this line up.

Also, this guy is a gamer and a leader. He is a winner. I had some insight into the Jays dugout last year and during the push for the playoffs I heard the comment "It is like they are just coming to work, there is no intensity like we're in a playoff chase". This guy also solves that problem.

November 17, 2014 @ 5:15 PM

Glen

I sure hope Russell Martin can play second base.

November 17, 2014 @ 5:38 PM

Matt

I like it, but it'll also depend on what else the jays do this offseason? Scott MacArthur made some great points in a tsn.ca article.

What do they do with Navarro? Trade him, make him DH? Do they carry 3 catchers and limit the bench or do they send Thole to Buffalo?

Are they comfortable with Pillar and Dirks platooning in left, with Pompey in center? Do they have the funds to resign Cabrera or perhaps a Nick Markakis?

Who plays 2nd base? Goins, Izturis, Tolleson? Does Devon Travis make the team?

If they trade Navarro, does EE become full time DH? Can Justin Smoak finally live up to the potential that made him the center piece in the Cliff Lee to Seattle deal?

Can Brett Lawrie stay healthy?

@Rob agree with most of what you said. The intention is there no doubt, but intention doesn't mean things will come to fruition.

November 17, 2014 @ 8:54 PM

Mike Gamble

I hope they don't play up the Canadian thing too much (they will).

I mean does it really matter where you are from?
I would rather have a team full of good players than a team of Canadians.

I hope they trade or drop Thole (not Navarro) because of this move. Dickey can leave with him too.

as Toronto Mike said "In all seriousness, who looked at the 2014 Blue Jays and said "if only we upgraded the catcher position, we'd be set"?"

No one!

The media playing up the "he frames pitches well" is frustrating too. It's only going to give the casual fan some talking points to defend Martin when he doesn't live up to expectations.

November 18, 2014 @ 7:47 AM

Brother Ryan

What a waste of money this is. Unreal move!!! Even 5 years ago I'd have been skeptical. But now????

November 18, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

Rob

Most experts saying he is worth five wins more than Navarro. This move could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.

November 18, 2014 @ 2:46 PM

Argie

Does Wilson have a book coming out soon (see R A Dickey for that reference)?

November 20, 2014 @ 4:10 PM

Argie

Um, sorry "Martin" not Wilson.

November 20, 2014 @ 4:11 PM

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