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Insider Only MLB: Big market teams Cubs, Rangers, Dodgers to chase Russell Martin in free agency?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates made an in-season attempt to resign Russell Martin but they made an offer Martin could refuse, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported today.
Specifics on the offer are unknown.
While Martin is said to strongly covet at least a four year deal, Heyman mentions the possibility of Martin commanding a big five year deal.
Heyman cites two possible comps for Martin would include Miguel Montero, who signed for $60 million over five seasons with the Diamondbacks a few years back, and Brian McCann, who signed for $85 million over five seasons with the Yankees last winter.
However, both catchers were a bit younger than Martin.
What could be problematic for the Pirates is a market for Martin developing with big market teams. Heyman mentions the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox as possibilities. The Red Sox have a policy not to offer four to five year deals to players in their 30’s.
A intriguing team is the Cubs where they have the money to spend if they want and a spot where Martin could be a great fit for a potential up and coming team.

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