MLB Rumors: Russell Martin seeking 5-year deal worth up to $80M

Teams pursuing Russell Martin were informed that he is seeking a five-year deal worth up to $80 million, according to Jeff Blair of Rogers Sportsnet.

The Blue Jays will take a shot at signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who is said by some industry insiders to already be leaning in the Chicago Cubs direction. Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years, similar to or a little more than the deal Brian McCann received from the New York Yankees last winter

Russell Martin, who settled on a two-year deal worth $17 million with Pittsburgh in November of 2012, finished in what could be his final season with the Bucs by posting a .290/.402/.430 batting line with 11 home runs and 67 RBI’s in 111 games.

He would then be worth just about as much as Brian McCann, who the New York Yankees signed to a five-year, $85-million contract last offseason. The Chicago Cubs have already talked to Martin, while the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pirates Pirates are also expected to discuss a deal with the catcher.

Martin has declined a $15.3 qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will hit the open market at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

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