Russell Martin C TOR 21 hours ago

Martin went 0-for-1 with a run scored and two walks in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Rays.

Martin's batting average still sits at .042, with just one hit to his name thus far, but the two walks boosts his on base percentage to .250. Good hitters like Martin will go through slumps throughout the course of the season, but I wouldn't expect him to hit this poorly for too much longer. Look for him to rebound this weekend against the Braves and he may be a good buy-low candidate.

Russell Martin C TOR 3 days ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Martin will simply take a day off following a rough seven-game stretch to begin the season (1-for-23 batting). Hopefully a day off will do the trick, as he'll likely rejoin the lineup Thursday.

Russell Martin C TOR 5 days ago

Martin went 0-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 10-7 victory over the Orioles.

Martin is now 1-for-16 on the season and is currently riding a four game hitless streak with at least one strikeout in every game. It's far too early to worry about Martin's long-term success and it's good to see Martin get into the box score in other ways, such as drawing two walks and even stealing a base, but a slash line of .063/.238/.063 is certainly head scratching. Martin should be fine going forward and his first series in Toronto, a strong hitters park, could be just what he needs to get back on track.

Russell Martin C TOR 1 week ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Martin will get his first day off this season, allowing Dioner Navarro to get his first start behind the plate. Dalton Pompey will move up in the order, replacing Martin in the No. 2 hole. Expect to see Martin back in his usual spot for Saturday's matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 weeks ago

Martin had a slow spring at the plate, hitting just .220 in 18 games.

Spring training statistics rarely mean much, but it will be interesting to see if this is a trend or just a small sample size of meaningless games. Last season Martin hit .290, the best average of his career; however, it was the first time he hit above .250 since 2008, when he was an All-Star. Martin should find himself with plenty of RBI opportunities surrounded by some of the best power hitters in the league and his ability to handle the Jays' pitching staff will be integral for the success of the team. Martin is one of the best hitting catchers in the game right now and should be deployed as such in all formats.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 months ago

Martin caught for R.A. Dickey in Monday's intrasquad game for an inning, where they planned cross-ups to see if Martin could handle his knuckleballs, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Coming into the season, it was thought that Josh Thole, Dickey's personal catcher from last season, would continue to catch the 40-year-old knuckleballer. However, if throughout the spring, Martin displays an ability to catch Dickey, he could be in line for extra work and wouldn't need to DH or take the day off on every fifth day.

Russell Martin C TOR 4 months ago

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday that he envisions Martin as the team's No. 2 hitter, Barry Davis of reports.

Most of Martin's at-bats last season came in the five-hole, but apparently Gibbons thinks the No. 2 spot is the best place to maximize his value. It makes some sense, as Martin posted a .402 OBP last season and his presence in the two-hole would mean more RBI opportunities for the likes of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Things could change, however, if the team lands a left-handed bat prior to spring training.

Russell Martin C TOR 5 months ago

Martin signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Martin had arguably his best season statistically in 2014, hitting .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in just 111 games. It also helped that the season came at the end of a contract, and now his average salary will be $16.4 million over the next five seasons.

Russell Martin C TOR 5 months ago

Martin has declined the Pirates' $15.3 million qualifying offer, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

As expected, Martin will test his value as a free agent rather the take the one-year, $15.3 million offer, which is yet to be accepted by any players this offseason. After a strong 2014 season, Martin will easily be able to command a longer-term deal, and he reportedly already has a few high-profile suitors. Pittsburgh, of course, would love to have him back, but the Dodgers and Cubs, among others, are believed to be very interested in his services. Martin hit .290 last season, with a .402 OBP, and threw out 39 percent of would-be base-stealers.

Russell Martin C TOR 5 months ago

The Pirates extended Martin a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, reports.

Martin will have one week to decide whether he'll accept the offer, which seems very unlikely. After a season in which he raised his batting average 64 points, he's established himself as the top catcher on the market and figures to fetch some lucrative offers as a free agent. Players can begin negotiating with other teams at midnight Monday.