Russell Martin Taking Contract Offers

The Red Sox are making a strong push for Russell Martin, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston said on Twitter.

Update, 9:32 am:

Russell Martin is currently fielding offers, with both the Red Sox and Yankees in the “center of the mix”, says Buster Olney of ESPN.

Updated yesterday at 2:03 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:


Updated yesterday at 11:40 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:

According to FoxSports.com, the Yankees and Red Sox are more interested in Martin than the Mets and Blue Jays.

Andy Martino of the Daily News points out that Martin has already rejected a one-year, $4.2 million offer from the Dodgers, which would suggest his price will need to come ‘way down’ for the Mets to get involved.

Updated at 4:31 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Mets, Jays, Red Sox and Yankees have all been in contact with Martin, with all teams examining his medical information over the last day.

Updated at 4:13 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:

The Mets see Martin as ‘too expensive’ and ‘too much of an injury risk,’ according to the Daily News.

Martin fits the Mets well, but I don’t understand why he’d want to sign here knowing Josh Thole is so highly regarded and more or less ready to take over the job.

Original Post at 3:24 pm
by Matthew Cerrone:

The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Mets are among teams who might have interest in Martin, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Last week, before he was non-tendered, the Dodgers talked with the Yankees about swapping Martin for C Francisco Cervelli.

Buster Olney recently said Martin wants to sign with a team on the East Coast.

Martin’s agent told MLB Trade Rumors that the Dodgers would like to bring him back, not just to be a catcher, but to also play second base, third base and some outfield.

Martin hit .248 with a .347 OBP last season, with just 18 extra base hits in 97 games for the Dodgers.

He had a similar season in 2009, batting .250, but with a .352 OBP, drawing 80 walks with just 69 strike outs in 505 at bats.