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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Neyer: Russell tussles with knuckles

Last season, Dickey had a personal catcher: Josh Thole. And it wasn’t just last season. First with the Mets and then the Blue Jays, Thole backstopped Dickey’s butterflies for five seasons.

This season, Josh Thole’s in the minor leagues, at least until the Jays trade Dioner Navarro. So Wednesday night, Russell Martin got the start behind the plate.

I got to wondering about the relative importance of framing knuckleballs, and asked our friends at Baseball Info Solutions to look at some numbers.

Conclusion: Again, this is preliminary, but it seems that pitch-framing is actually less important for a knuckleballer.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, r.a. dickey, russell martin

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Blue Jays, Pirates both love Russell Martin, but only Toronto has him | FOX Sports

The Pirates, meanwhile, are optimistic the catcher they acquired from the Yankees, Francisco Cervelli, will replicate much of what Martin offered defensively, if not his .832 OPS from 2014.

Heck, Martin probably will not match that outlier; his OPS the previous five seasons had been .702. But the Jays will be a postseason threat if they get even league-average pitching to complement their dynamic lineup. And that’s where Martin should make a difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, francisco cervelli, pirates, russell martin

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mariners reportedly made a strong push for Martin « Hot Stove

Not a vote of confidence for Mike Zunino.

According to a source, the Mariners, surprisingly, were among the finalists who pushed hard for Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino, russell martin

Monday, November 17, 2014


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blue Jays won’t let others dictate off-season - Sportsnet.ca

The part about the Jays signing Martin because they “have enough positions in flux” so he can move to another position is funny.

As I reported last week the Blue Jays will take a shot at signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who is said by some industry insiders to already be leaning in the Chicago Cubs direction. Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years, similar to or a little more than the deal Brian McCann received from the New York Yankees last winter. An intriguing component might be Martin’s oft-stated desire to move out from behind the plate at some point, and while it challenges the bounds of reality to see him at shortstop, the Blue Jays have enough positions in flux that it might prove to be a bit of a carrot for Martin.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, russell martin

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin - CBSSports.com

The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25 million, five-year deal, are going to target top free-agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, russell martin

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pirates must weigh risk, reward in attempt to sign Martin | TribLIVE

Some team will get very stupid this off-season with Russell Martin.

“We’re in an interesting era for age curves because of the skew of performance-enhancing drugs,” Huntington said. “We are trying to re-evaluate aging curves because they were taken way out of whack because of the influence of performance-enhancing drugs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher aging, pirates, russell martin, sabermetrics

 

 

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