Catcher Russell Martin has officially rejected a $15.3-million qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Source- Catcher Russell Martin has declined qualifying offer from Pirates
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 10, 2014
Early today, Jeff Blair of Rogers Sportsnet reported that teams pursuing Martin were informed that he is seeking a five-year deal worth up to $80 million. The Chicago Cubs have already met with Martin, while the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pirates Pirates are also expected to discuss a deal with the catcher.
The 31-year-old is coming off a season where he slashed .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI’s over 111 games and 379 at-bats. He has showed improvement over the years. It does not seem as if the catcher will ever struggled until his late 30’s. He will most likely be a top catcher in the 2015 season.