MARTIN TO COMMAND 5 YEAR DEAL?
HUNTINGTON ON RUSSELL MARTIN On the heels of clinching a second straight playoff berth, the Pirates are built to sustain success, and a key for sustaining that success at least for the next season or two will be resigning Russell Martin. Over the past couple months, Huntington has constantly tried to lower expectations, but the adrenaline must have been running high today as Huntington declared on 937 The Fan the Pirates will “stretch” and go “way beyond” what people think they should to resign Martin. GM Neal Huntington told Cook and Poni on @937theFan "we're' going to go way beyond what some people think we should (to keep Martin)" — Eric Hagman (@esh714) September 24, 2014 Some talk out of the organization is the Pirates are prepared to make a significant three year offer in the $40-$42 million range but what about four years? — That’s something Martin is stronglyRead More »
BEST PRICE WILL WIN OUT FOR MARTIN? Russell Martin will officially hit the open market in two months and the Pirates have known this for a long time, a reason they haven’t made any attempt to resign Martin since spring training ended. Martin wants four years, Pirates officials have acknowledged privately, which has lowered their expectations of resigning him, though, Pittsburgh intends to make a very competitive offer this winter. However, there’s no expectation in Pirate headquarters that a hometown discount will come from Martin.