Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catcher Martin Agrees to Deal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Catcher Martin Agrees to Deal

Article excerpt

The Pirates agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Russell Martin Thursday night, according to an industry source, filling their void at catcher.

Martin and the Pirates agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract, but Martin needs to pass a physical. Fox Sports and the New York Times first reported the terms of the agreement.

Bringing in Martin solidified the catching situation, which was full of questions after the team declined Rod Barajas' option for 2013.

Michael McKenry likely will be the backup.

Luring Martin, one of the top free-agent catchers in a shallow market, to Pittsburgh represented a rare occurrence for the Pirates, who generally do not target premium options. The New York Yankees, Martin's former team, also were reportedly interested in his services as were the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.

Martin, 29, hit .211 with a .311 on-base percentage and 21 home runs for the Yankees last season. He made three All-Star teams, including in 2011, when he hit . …

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