Cubs break out as favorite to sign Russell Martin

The Chicago Cubs could have Russell Martin behind the plate after the club finished this week’s general managers’ meetings as the favorites to sign the All-Star, according to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Definitely he’s been everything we could have hoped [for] and then some,” Pirates GM Neal Huntington said. “The leadership, the impact on our pitching staff has been everything we hoped it [would be] when we signed him two years ago.
“Yeah, the loss will hurt. As good teams do when they lose a key player, they regroup, they backfill and reallocate. And we’ll do that.”

A possible reunion between Martin and the Los Angeles Dodgers remains possibly, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports suggested Thursday that the club may not share Martin’s interest in rekindling that relationship.

“They’re making moves that are designed to help the team be competitive now,” agent Scott Boras
said. “If any fan base deserves a ‘now’ and not a ‘tomorrow,’ I’d say it’s the ­Chicago Cubs, and they’ve said they’re ­going to do that.”

Martin is looking for a five-year contract for around $75-80 million dollars. It is hard to speculate if other teams can or even will compete with the amount of money the catcher is looking for. For now, the Cubs are the front-runners.

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