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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
37 .194 1 4 4 0 89 0.1
Birth Date2-15-1983
Height5' 10"
Weight215 lbs
Age36 years, 6 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
4.92015
3.62016
1.92017
1.72018
0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 LAN 23 121 468 117 26 4 10 45 57 4 10 5 .282 .355 .436 98 0.7 2.4 16.5 4.1
2007 LAN 24 151 620 158 32 3 19 67 89 7 21 9 .293 .374 .469 115 14.0 -4.3 27.6 6.5
2008 LAN 25 155 650 155 25 0 13 90 83 5 18 6 .280 .385 .396 113 12.2 1.5 36.2 8.0
2009 LAN 26 143 588 126 19 0 7 69 80 11 11 6 .250 .352 .329 95 -2.2 3.0 22.7 5.0
2010 LAN 27 97 387 82 13 0 5 48 61 4 6 2 .248 .347 .332 90 -4.2 -0.2 13.9 2.8
2011 NYA 28 125 476 99 17 0 18 50 81 5 8 2 .237 .324 .408 106 4.0 -0.7 27.5 5.5
2012 NYA 29 133 485 89 18 0 21 53 95 8 6 1 .211 .311 .403 102 1.2 1.2 16.9 4.2
2013 PIT 30 127 506 99 21 0 15 58 108 8 9 5 .226 .327 .377 99 0.3 0.4 17.1 4.2
2014 PIT 31 111 460 110 20 0 11 59 78 15 4 4 .290 .402 .430 130 15.3 -1.1 22.8 6.2
2015 TOR 32 129 507 106 23 2 23 53 106 8 4 5 .240 .329 .458 117 12.1 -0.9 12.9 4.9
2016 TOR 33 137 535 105 16 0 20 64 148 10 2 1 .231 .335 .398 96 -1.3 0.3 13.0 3.6
2017 TOR 34 91 365 68 12 0 13 50 83 7 1 2 .222 .343 .388 98 0.3 0.2 1.6 1.9
2018 TOR 35 90 352 56 8 0 10 56 82 7 0 3 .194 .338 .325 94 -1.5 -5.1 8.1 1.7
2019 LAN 36 68 208 36 4 0 4 25 46 7 0 0 .207 .327 .299 81 -4.2 -1.6 5.6 0.9
Career1678660714062549189787119710610051.248.349.39610446.8-5.0242.459.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 SGA A SAL 25 109 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OGD Rk PIO 52 222 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ FSL 122 505 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA SOU 129 505 .270 .339 .397 .351 93 30.4 10.8 5.9 138 0 -2.5 1.7 25.1 4.2
2006 LAN MLB NL 121 468 .265 .332 .427 .305 96 2.2 14.1 8.4 98 7 16.5 2.4 0.7 4.1
2006 LVG AAA PCL 23 91 .267 .340 .412 .344 110 1 2.5 1.5 113 0 7.1 0.5 1.7 1.3
2007 LAN MLB NL 151 620 .266 .330 .418 .317 99 15.8 18.4 10.8 115 9 27.6 -4.3 14.0 6.5
2008 LAN MLB NL 155 650 .265 .331 .421 .309 93 14.3 18.8 10.7 113 6 36.2 1.5 12.2 8.0
2009 LAN MLB NL 143 588 .258 .327 .409 .284 90 -2.9 16.9 9.6 95 7 22.7 3.0 -2.2 5.0
2010 LAN MLB NL 97 387 .260 .326 .411 .287 87 1.9 10.7 6.4 90 8 13.9 -0.2 -4.2 2.8
2011 NYA MLB AL 125 476 .254 .318 .403 .252 106 -4.3 12.8 7.7 106 7 27.5 -0.7 4.0 5.5
2012 NYA MLB AL 133 485 .248 .314 .397 .222 102 -2.7 13.3 7.5 102 9 16.9 1.2 1.2 4.2
2013 PIT MLB NL 127 506 .250 .312 .388 .266 98 -0.5 13.3 7.6 99 6 17.1 0.4 0.3 4.2
2014 PIT MLB NL 111 460 .251 .312 .389 .336 101 20.1 11.9 7 130 9 22.8 -1.1 15.3 6.2
2015 TOR MLB AL 129 507 .256 .317 .411 .262 108 5.3 13.7 7.5 117 8 12.9 -0.9 12.1 4.9
2016 TOR MLB AL 137 535 .259 .324 .428 .291 109 -3.4 15.1 8.3 96 7 13.0 0.3 -1.3 3.6
2017 TOR MLB AL 91 365 .254 .324 .427 .261 104 -3.6 10.7 5.9 98 9 1.6 0.2 0.3 1.9
2018 TOR MLB AL 90 352 .248 .317 .413 .234 106 -3.3 9.9 5 94 7 8.1 -5.1 -1.5 1.7
2019 LAN MLB NL 68 208 .253 .322 .444 .254 97 -3.9 6.3 3.6 81 7 5.6 -1.6 -4.2 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 OGD Rk PIO 222 188 25 51 13 0 6 82 36 26 26 3 1 .271 .368 .436 .165 2 2
2003 SGA A SAL 109 98 15 28 4 1 3 43 14 9 11 5 2 .286 .343 .439 .153 1 1
2004 VRO A+ FSL 505 416 74 104 24 1 15 175 64 72 54 9 5 .250 .372 .421 .171 0 0
2005 JAX AA SOU 505 409 83 127 17 1 9 173 61 78 69 15 7 .311 .428 .423 .112 5 5
2006 LVG AAA PCL 91 74 14 22 9 0 0 31 9 13 11 0 2 .297 .398 .419 .122 1 1
2006 LAN MLB NL 468 415 65 117 26 4 10 181 65 45 57 10 5 .282 .355 .436 .154 3 1
2007 LAN MLB NL 620 540 87 158 32 3 19 253 87 67 89 21 9 .293 .374 .469 .176 6 0
2008 LAN MLB NL 650 553 87 155 25 0 13 219 69 90 83 18 6 .280 .385 .396 .116 2 0
2009 LAN MLB NL 588 505 63 126 19 0 7 166 53 69 80 11 6 .250 .352 .329 .079 1 2
2010 LAN MLB NL 387 331 45 82 13 0 5 110 26 48 61 6 2 .248 .347 .332 .085 3 1
2011 NYA MLB AL 476 417 57 99 17 0 18 170 65 50 81 8 2 .237 .324 .408 .170 3 1
2012 NYA MLB AL 485 422 50 89 18 0 21 170 53 53 95 6 1 .211 .311 .403 .192 0 2
2013 PIT MLB NL 506 438 51 99 21 0 15 165 55 58 108 9 5 .226 .327 .377 .151 1 1
2014 PIT MLB NL 460 379 45 110 20 0 11 163 67 59 78 4 4 .290 .402 .430 .140 5
2015 TOR MLB AL 507 441 76 106 23 2 23 202 77 53 106 4 5 .240 .329 .458 .218 5 0
2016 TOR MLB AL 535 455 62 105 16 0 20 181 74 64 148 2 1 .231 .335 .398 .167 5 1
2017 TOR MLB AL 365 307 49 68 12 0 13 119 35 50 83 1 2 .222 .343 .388 .166 0 1
2018 TOR MLB AL 352 289 37 56 8 0 10 94 25 56 82 0 3 .194 .338 .325 .131 0 0
2019 LAN MLB NL 208 174 24 36 4 0 4 52 15 25 46 0 0 .207 .327 .299 .092 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2487 0.4922 0.3969 0.8217 0.5931 0.2067 0.8912 0.6284 0.1783 -0.0093
2009 2195 0.5248 0.3982 0.8215 0.5677 0.2109 0.9083 0.5636 0.1785 -0.0044
2010 1437 0.5143 0.4161 0.8027 0.5900 0.2321 0.8670 0.6296 0.1973 -0.0154
2011 1778 0.5174 0.4348 0.7917 0.6261 0.2296 0.8767 0.5431 0.2083 -0.0129
2012 1931 0.5117 0.4102 0.7765 0.6144 0.1962 0.8484 0.5405 0.2235 -0.0094
2013 2020 0.5020 0.3916 0.7573 0.5631 0.2187 0.8441 0.5318 0.2427 -0.0176
2014 1906 0.4890 0.4087 0.7856 0.6052 0.2207 0.8582 0.5953 0.2144 -0.0123
2015 2104 0.4981 0.4083 0.7637 0.5935 0.2244 0.8553 0.5232 0.2363 -0.0086
2016 2282 0.4869 0.3891 0.6993 0.5662 0.2212 0.7917 0.4749 0.3007 0.0000
2017 1483 0.4976 0.3985 0.7631 0.5772 0.2215 0.8427 0.5576 0.2369 0.0000
2018 1473 0.5037 0.3428 0.7465 0.5472 0.1354 0.8153 0.4646 0.2535 0.0000
2019 858 0.4918 0.3963 0.7206 0.6066 0.1927 0.8164 0.4286 0.2794 0.0000
Career219540.50240.39980.77370.58680.21090.85410.54600.2263-0.0079

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-27 - DTD - - Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2014-09-25 2014-09-25 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2014-04-26 2014-05-22 15-DL 26 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-09-23 2013-09-23 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness - -
2013-07-27 2013-07-28 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness - -
2013-06-16 2013-06-17 DTD 1 1 Bilateral Thigh Soreness - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-14 DTD 4 4 - Neck Stiffness -
2013-05-06 2013-05-09 DTD 3 2 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-02-26 2013-03-02 Camp 4 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-06-24 2012-06-27 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-06-17 2012-06-18 DTD 1 1 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2012-05-26 2012-05-28 DTD 2 2 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-03-16 2012-03-20 Camp 4 0 - Groin Strain - -
2012-03-14 2012-03-15 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-11 2011-09-13 DTD 2 2 Right Thumb Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-08-30 2011-09-01 DTD 2 2 Left Thumb Contusion -
2011-06-13 2011-06-16 DTD 3 3 Low Back Soreness -
2011-06-08 2011-06-12 DTD 4 4 Low Back Soreness -
2011-05-30 2011-05-31 DTD 1 1 Soreness -
2011-03-26 2011-03-29 Camp 3 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2011-02-05 2011-03-04 Camp 27 0 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery Meniscus 2010-12-20
2010-12-20 2010-12-20 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus 2010-12-20
2010-12-20 2010-12-20 Off 0 0 Right Knee Sprain MCL -
2010-08-04 2010-10-04 60-DL 61 55 Right Hip Fracture Hairline and Torn Labrum -
2010-07-17 2010-07-19 DTD 2 2 Thumb Soreness -
2010-03-06 2010-03-31 Camp 25 0 Abdomen Strain -
2009-10-13 2009-10-13 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-03-30 2009-04-01 Camp 2 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-01 2008-09-01 DTD 0 0 Low Back Spasms -
2008-08-10 2008-08-10 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion Foul Tip -
2007-09-05 2007-09-06 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2007-08-03 2007-08-03 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain Sliding -
2007-06-17 2007-06-19 DTD 2 1 Neck Stiffness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $3,600,000
2019 TOR $16,400,000
2018 TOR $20,000,000
2017 TOR $20,000,000
2016 TOR $15,000,000
2015 TOR $7,000,000
2014 PIT $9,500,000
2013 PIT $7,500,000
2012 NYA $7,500,000
2011 NYA $4,000,000
2010 LAN $5,050,000
2009 LAN $3,900,000
2008 LAN $500,000
2007 LAN $387,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$100,337,500
2019Current$20,000,000
13 yrPvs + Cur$120,337,500
13 yrTotal$120,337,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 150 dMatt Colleran5 years/$82M (2015-19)

Details
  • 5 years/$82M (2015-19). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 11/18/14. 15:$7M, 16:$15M, 17:$20M, 18:$20M, 19:$20M. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Toronto 1/11/19, with Blue Jays paying Dodgers $16.4M as part of the deal.
  • 2 years/$17M (2013-14). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 11/30/12. $2M signing bonus. 13:$6.5M, 14:$8.5M.
  • 1 year/$7.5M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees 1/24/12 (avoided arbitration, $8.2M-$7M). May earn additional $0.1M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4M (2011). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/15/10. Performance bonuses based on games as catcher: $50,000 each for 30, 35 games. $75,000 for 40 games and each additional 5 games through 120.
  • 1 year/$5.05M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by LA Dodgers 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$3.9M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2008). Re-signed 2/28/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3875M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Re-signed 2/03.
  • Drafted 2002 (17-511) (Chipola JC, Fla.). $40,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 98 12 21 4 0 3 12 15 22 0 1 .259 .388 .420 112 5.8 C 1 0.8
80o 77 9 15 3 0 2 9 11 18 0 0 .234 .355 .375 104 3.6 C 1 0.5
70o 62 7 12 2 0 2 7 9 15 0 0 .231 .355 .385 98 2.4 C 1 0.3
60o 49 5 9 2 0 1 6 7 12 0 0 .220 .347 .341 93 1.5 C 0 0.2
50o 37 4 6 1 0 1 4 5 9 0 0 .194 .324 .323 88 0.9 C 0 0.1
40o 25 3 5 1 0 1 3 3 6 0 0 .238 .333 .429 84 0.4 C 0 0.1
30o 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .100 .182 .100 79 0.1 C 0 0.0
Weighted Mean4258201561000.222.349.361911.2C 00.2

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203713216235031317330.207.320.336810.52.3-0.41.33.4-2.02.1
2021387191330279180.210.322.343820.21.3-0.20.71.8-1.00.9
202239496920156120.210.321.339810.20.9-0.10.51.3-0.80.6
202340385610145100.209.320.338800.10.6-0.10.31.0-0.60.5
20244120231002350.206.316.332780.10.4-0.00.20.5-0.40.3
2025427110001120.202.312.320750.00.1-0.00.10.2-0.10.1
2026436110001120.203.314.321750.00.1-0.00.10.2-0.10.1
2027447110001120.203.312.320750.00.1-0.00.10.2-0.10.1
2028457110001120.202.312.317740.00.1-0.00.10.2-0.20.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Sherm Lollar 1961 110
2 85 Hank Gowdy 1926 0 DNP
3 85 Bill Dickey 1943 153
4 83 Alan Ashby 1988 101
5 83 Kevin Millar 2008 105
6 83 Carl Sawatski 1964 0 DNP
7 83 Lyle Overbay 2013 91
8 83 Jorge Posada 2008 104
9 83 Ernie Whitt 1988 120
10 83 Ryan Klesko 2007 90
11 82 Roy Campanella 1958 0 DNP
12 82 Aaron Robinson 1951 90
13 82 Bubbles Hargrave 1929 0 DNP
14 82 John Wockenfuss 1985 90
15 82 Jason Varitek 2008 80
16 82 Will Clark 2000 139
17 82 Adam LaRoche 2016 0 DNP
18 82 Andre Thornton 1986 113
19 81 Gary Carter 1990 114
20 81 Rocky Nelson 1961 89
21 81 Johnny Roseboro 1969 96
22 81 Harold Baines 1995 147
23 81 Bobby Abreu 2010 117
24 81 A.J. Ellis 2017 88
25 81 Joe Judge 1930 123
26 81 Gates Brown 1975 103
27 81 Carlton Fisk 1984 108
28 81 Kosuke Fukudome 2013 0 DNP
29 81 Bobby Murcer 1982 103
30 81 Ron Fairly 1975 136
31 81 Terry Crowley 1983 88
32 80 Tim Salmon 2005 0 DNP
33 80 Hideki Matsui 2010 126
34 80 Don Slaught 1995 91
35 80 Ron Hassey 1989 88
36 80 Ramon Hernandez 2012 66
37 80 Yogi Berra 1961 117
38 80 Cliff Floyd 2009 62
39 80 Aubrey Huff 2013 0 DNP
40 80 Don Baylor 1985 112
41 80 Julio Franco 1995 0 DNP
42 80 Ray Boone 1960 88
43 80 Gene Woodling 1959 132
44 80 Todd Zeile 2002 103
45 80 Enos Slaughter 1952 111
46 80 Don Money 1983 67
47 80 Jerry Hairston 1988 87
48 80 Carl Yastrzemski 1976 127
49 79 Oscar Gamble 1986 0 DNP
50 79 Travis Hafner 2013 94
51 79 Johnny Grubb 1985 109
52 79 Brian Downing 1987 133
53 79 Rico Carty 1976 139
54 79 David Justice 2002 108
55 79 Joe Kuhel 1942 96
56 79 Eduardo Perez 2006 98
57 79 Gary Matthews 1987 78
58 79 Darren Daulton 1998 0 DNP
59 79 Rance Mulliniks 1992 98
60 79 Smoky Burgess 1963 112
61 79 Monte Irvin 1955 90
62 79 Chris Chambliss 1985 89
63 79 Earl Torgeson 1960 125
64 79 Mark DeRosa 2011 77
65 79 Norm Cash 1971 146
66 79 Tim McCarver 1978 96
67 79 Wally Joyner 1998 112
68 79 Harry Hooper 1924 121
69 79 Tom Haller 1973 0 DNP
70 79 Todd Pratt 2003 106
71 79 J.D. Drew 2012 0 DNP
72 79 Roy White 1980 0 DNP
73 78 Don Padgett 1948 70
74 78 Minnie Minoso 1962 66
75 78 Bill White 1970 0 DNP
76 78 Adrian Gonzalez 2018 92
77 78 Keith Hernandez 1990 79
78 78 Wally Moon 1966 0 DNP
79 78 Melvin Mora 2008 116
80 78 David Ross 2013 68
81 78 Carlos Ruiz 2015 80
82 78 Davey Johnson 1979 0 DNP
83 78 Brady Anderson 2000 110
84 78 Riggs Stephenson 1934 85
85 78 Rafael Palmeiro 2001 148
86 78 Wally Schang 1926 106
87 78 Merv Rettenmund 1979 100
88 78 George Harper 1928 123
89 78 Gregg Zaun 2007 101
90 78 Chet Lemon 1991 0 DNP
91 78 Jim Dwyer 1986 116
92 78 Johnny Damon 2010 102
93 78 Sal Bando 1980 87
94 78 Justin Morneau 2017 0 DNP
95 77 Jeff Reed 1999 81
96 77 Rusty Staub 1980 118
97 77 Dave Hansen 2005 82
98 77 Mark Teixeira 2016 85
99 77 Todd Helton 2010 101
100 77 Don Buford 1973 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Here's how important Martin was to the Blue Jays in 2017: When he was out with an injury or simply needed a day off, their backup catchers hit a combined .155/.216/.267 and threw out just 14 of 85 basestealers. It's hard to imagine a non-star player being that invaluable to a club, but that's where the Jays are with Martin and have been for a couple years. While his hitting has slipped of late and the strikeouts are piling up, that he's still providing even league-average offense and defense behind the plate means that he's still a very useful player as he gets into his mid-thirties.
2017 Martin was freed of having to catch a knuckleball in 2016, but it didn’t save him from issues both at the plate and behind it. He’s still an elite framer and fixed his blocking issues from 2015 (which were likely heavily attributed to the knuckleball), but his ability to control the running game disappeared. Yes, some of that is on the pitchers, but Martin still fell from a league-best 44 percent caught stealing to a league-worst 15 percent. That being said, he’s still clearly an above-average defensive catcher. The worries going forward are stronger on the offensive side. Martin’s contact rate fell to a career-worst 69.9 percent, which was almost six percentage points off his previous career-low. As a result, his batting average fell to .231 and he struck out 40 times more than his previous high. He was still plenty useful as a hitter, as his power and walks remained, but there are definite reasons to worry. The hope is that a better backup and more rest will help Martin rebound, as at age 34 his best days are likely behind him.
2016 It was a successful homecoming (of sorts) for Martin in 2015, who nudged out the prior record-holder for most WARP recorded by a Canada-born player for the lone remaining team calling the Great White North home. When the tattooed one who now sits in second place was traded, a crying child became a YouTube sensation; Martin's tenure is sure to end with a misty-eyed salute from an entire stadium. Of course, the $75 million remaining on his contract means that reaction won't be warranted for quite some time. He continued to be a well-above-average framer and threw out baserunners at a career-high 44 percent clip, but he also showed up as the worst catcher in baseball at preventing wild pitches and passed balls via our new advanced catcher metrics. At the plate, Martin crushed left-handers to the tune of a .937 OPS with more walks than strikeouts, but his .306 on-base percentage without the platoon advantage was a far cry from the .363 mark he's put up over the last two seasons. His reputation for leadership and his demeanor on the field mean he'll continue to have perceived value (and maybe real value) even as his measurables give way to the all-consuming specter of age.
2015 Had Zora Neale Hurston worried about baseball, she might have written, "Free agents at a distance have every team's wish on board." Martin's tenure with the Pirates made him the rare free-agent signing who exceeded expectations. He missed about a month with thigh issues in 2014 and had the best offensive season of his career anyway. His trademark defense remained strong, headed by excellent receiving. When the Pirates signed Martin, some wondered why they would do that. With the Pirates letting him walk in free agency, those same people are wondering why they would do that. It's a testament to Martin that he became a piece of the Pittsburgh tapestry so quickly. Now, two years older than the last time around, he'll try to repeat the feat in Toronto after the Blue Jays signed him to a backloaded five-year deal.
2014 The marquee acquisition of the Huntington era, Martin's two-year deal worth $17 million looked like a bargain in year one. Martin continued his consistency at the plate by finishing with a True Average between .250 and .259 for the fifth year in a row. Defensively, he was an appreciable upgrade over Rod Barajas, not just in throwing runners out but in receiving the ball as well. Martin also tallied 500 plate appearances for the first time since leaving Los Angeles, easing concerns about his durability. It wasn't a slam-dunk signing at the time, but Martin has the chance to make it one in retrospect with another strong season.
2013 According to his own spring training statements, Martin has reported to camp in the best shape of his life for five consecutive seasons. (By the time you read this, he may have made it six.) Whatever workout plan has made his annual proclamation so predictable has had the same effect on his on-field performance. Since his heyday as a hitter with the Dodgers, Martin has settled in as a slightly above-average offensive catcher, a slightly above-average thrower, and a slightly above-average blocker. However, he has distinguished himself to an even greater degree as a receiver. According to Max Marchis estimates, Martin saved nearly 90 runs due to framing from 2008-12, the third most among backstops behind Jose Molina and Brian McCann. Some fans wont care about framing until it becomes a category in their fantasy leagues, but Martins work with the glove meant more to the Yankees than his career-high home-run total, and figures to mean more still to the catching-starved Pirates.
2012 The Dodgers non-tendered Martin after the 2010 season rather than risk arbitration. McCourt's team was always penurious and rarely smart, but their decision was not entirely unreasonable given Martin's offensive stagnation and season-ending hairline pelvic fracture. Initially, the Yankees seemed to have made one of their all-time great moves when Martin, who proved to be better than advertised on defense, exploded out of the gates with a six-homer, .293 April. He had a similar period of torrid hitting in August, but otherwise proved to be a non-factor at the plate. Behind it, though, he threw well and according to research by BP's Mike Fast was among the best in the game at getting his pitchers extra strikes via adept framing. With the Canuck catcher in his final year of arbitration, it would not be surprising if the Yankees have signed him to a new contract by the time you read this.
2011 Martin spent the winter of 2008-2009 using yoga to improve his flexibility, but when his power dissipated, he chose to bulk up, arriving at camp weighing 231 pounds, 25 heavier than the year before. The weight didn't restore his power; his 2010 was essentially a foreshortened carbon copy of his 2009 campaign, ending in early August by a hairline pelvic fracture. With Martin's salary scheduled to increase from $5.05 million via arbitration, the Dodgers non-tendered him. The Yankees signed him to a contract with a base of $4 million that can rise to over $5 million with incentives, and named him their starting catcher, health permitting. Despite his decline, the Dodgers will miss Martin: his high OBPs and plus defense (39 percent caught stealing, third in the NL) make replacing him a nontrivial matter, particularly given a system devoid of near-ready catching prospects. As for the Yankees, Martin's defense will serve as a nice contrast to Jorge Posada's, but with no reason for pitchers to work around him, the last remaining vestige of his early offense may crumble.
2010 The Dodgers seem hell-bent on breaking Martin, who led the majors in innings caught for the second year out of three. Between that and an off-season training regimen which was supposed to slim him down but which ended up costing him strength, he had his worst season with the stick, declining by at least 30 points in all three triple-slash categories. Though he maintained some measure of plate disciplineno small thing amid a season-long slumphis power vanished almost completely; he didn't homer until June 20, reached a .400 slugging percentage in just one month out of six, and posted the majors' sixth-lowest ISO figure among batting title qualifiers. His defense did improve; he caught 31 percent of basestealers, and was charged with just three passed balls, but the Dodger staff ranked second in the league in wild pitches, and Martin's struggles with blocking balls in the dirt were apparent for all to see in the postseason. He's on the Jason Kendall career path, not exactly a good thing, and with the system bereft of viable replacements, he really needs to rebound to justify his rising salary.
2009 In last years book, we predicted Joe Torre would better manage Martins workload to avoid late-season burnout as he had with Jorge Posada. Our bad, because if anything, Torre exacerbated the problem by playing Martin at third basehis pre-conversion positioninstead of resting him, sometimes shifting him back behind the plate late in games. Martin logged more innings than any backstop other than Jason Kendall and slumped to a punchless .260/.371/.336 in the second half after a .294/.394/.436 first half. Furthermore, his caught stealing percentage slipped from 33 percent to 24 percent, and his brashness irritated the brass to the point that he became subject of Hot Stove trade rumors. Martin is still an asset, but amid the bumper crop of good young NL catchersBrian McCann, Geovany Soto, and Chris Iannettafuture All-Star honors are not guaranteed.
2008 Martin took another great leap forward last year, improving his power, plate discipline, and defense on the way to leading NL catchers in VORP, WARP, and caught-stealing percentage and winning a Gold Glove. He was almost too good, as his 1,254 innings behind the plate-a single-season total surpassed only by Jason Kendall in the past decade-likely led to a .259/.330/.395 September slump. Durable as Martin may be, former catcher Grady Little should have eased off the throttle. Joe Torre's shown a decent ability to modulate Jorge Posada's usage to avoid late-season burnout; expect him to take a stronger hand here, and for Martin to spend the next few years battling Brian McCann for the title of the league's best catcher. PECOTA likes McCann more based on his body type, power, and ability to hit for average, but Martin's speed, defense, and durability ain't hay, and he's out-WARPed his Atlanta rival by two wins over the past two years.
2007 Martin drew an Honorable Mention on our Top-50 Prospects list last year after an excellent season in Jacksonville, but with just three years of catching under his belt and young Dioner Navarro in place, he appeared ticketed for Triple-A in 2006. When a bone bruise felled Navarro in early May, Martin got the call, and the result marked the turning point of the team`s season. The Dodgers won 16 of Martin`s first 18 starts; Navarro was Wally Pipped out of a job and dealt to Tampa Bay. By season`s end, the Dodgers were 71-43 in games Martin started. There is little not to like about Martin`s game; he showed durability, solid on-base skills, developing power, above-average speed for a backstop, adept handling of pitchers, and excellent defense. He threw out 31 percent of attempted thieves and averaged 0.27 non-stealing assists per game; the team`s other backstops cut down just 13 percent and averaged 0.14 assists per game. The Dodgers have themselves a long-term asset at a key position--but what an ill-starred lot of comparables PECOTA came up with, undone by a plane crash, Parkinson`s, and Pete Rose. Martin might want to take out an insurance policy or three.
2006 A year older than Navarro but at least a year behind him developmentally, Martin is nonetheless the backstop with more upside. He had a strong season at Jacksonville, showing outstanding plate discipline, reasonable power, and even some speed while cementing his place as one of the Dodgers` best prospects. Converted from third base prior to 2003, he made good strides behind the plate under the tutelage of Jacksonville coach Steve Yeager. He drew praise for a strong arm, improved receiving skills, and his handling of pitchers. He`ll likely spend the season in Vegas, but the Dodgers can look forward to a young, productive tandem behind the plate.
2005 A power/patience catcher who held his own at Vero Beach. So far during his career, he's walked more than he's struck out, a rare, attractive feat. He's had a surprisingly low average for a guy who's struck out so rarely, and he's actually shown some speed on the field, which makes you wonder how long he'll have either (a) the speed, or (b) any time actually catching, rather than moving to another position. Defensively, the jury's out, but he's done well enough to keep getting penciled in there, and he's young enough to learn the craft.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)I know the Morales vs Vlad debate is very in right now, but how about Danny Jansen vs Russell Martin? Do you think there's any way the Jays start playing Jansen close to everyday before the end of Russ's deal?
(Jack from Los Angeles)
Yep. I think they're going to have to, because I'm skeptical Martin remains on the team if he's not willing to take a hit to his playing time heading into next year. There's no reason to make this a Yadi/Carson Kelly sitch (especially since Yadi can still hit) (Craig Goldstein)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think, realistically, is the next 3-4 year window, when the Pirates will be a playoff team again? I really hope it isn't another 20 years.
(Jim Nantz from Augusta)
Oh gosh no. They're not in bad shape. Here's what the Pirates did very, very smart, that should be a blueprint for other small market/limited payroll clubs: They signed their best young players to extensions when they were young. They didn't hit on all of them--Jose Tabata, anyone?--but they had McCutchen under contract for the best years of his career, ditto in all likelihood Marte, ditto in all likelihood Polanco. Yes, they lost Walker, but on the downside of his career. Same will happen to Mercer. Russell Martin, yeah, but they replaced him with another cheap Yankee pitch framer. So the core's intact. They'll lose Cole, but their hit rate has been pretty good.

And, unlike those terrible Bucs teams, they're not signing horrible FA contracts, they're not blowing up the farm system, and they have a really smart FO.

And if you look below the Cubs, does anybody in the division resemble a juggernaut? They all have pretty big holes. The confluence of the Taillon and Marte issues this year, plus the (not really surprising) failure of Kuhl and Glasnow to really develop as planned (so far), don't necessarily cast a shadow on the future. It's hard to see this club becoming terrible, which isn't really what you want to hear, but if you're at your core an 82-win team, all you need is a half-dozen game variation and you're playing into October. (Rob Mains)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)I just lost Montero for 6 weeks apparently. Should I pick up Avila? Cervelli? Pierzynski?Deep league. OBP counts. Please don't say Pierzynski.
(Geoff from Milwaukee)
Cervelli for me. It's scary how much he's become Russell Martin personality-wise since he arrived in Pittsburgh. Like really scary... (George Bissell)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Reese McGuire will ever hit enough to be more than a 2nd catcher in a 2 catcher league? Is there top 10 offensive potential for catchers in the bat?
(jollyRoger from Pitt)
I don't like McGuire's chances of becoming a top-10 fantasy catcher, but his path to maximizing his value is the Russell Martin early-career path: steal bases. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Mike,12tean H2H ,hr, r, RBI,ave,sb ,xbh.Need a push Wieters has had a off season,available are R. Martin,Avila,Y.Gomes.Looking for a fix.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
Hiya Chesty.

I probably like Wieters more than you do, but of those guys I'd be fine with taking Russell Martin over Matt Wieters. Martin has almost 10 steals (he has 9) and the power numbers are relatively close to Wieters'. I have no problem pulling the trigger there (although keep in mind that Martin goes through BA droughts).

Alex Avila's hot right now but I don't like buying in the middle of the streak. Yan Gomes will get more PT with Mark Reynolds' DFA, but I still am not convinced he's going to be a full timer. Try Martin. (Mike Gianella)
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much do you look into turn your players around and maximize the value if possible? To be more specific, I thought White Sox were brilliant as they were able to turn controllable RPs to closers then sell it, with the next waves of prospects coming up.
(Jim from Seattle)
Thanks Jim, hoping it's a good day in the Northwest. Very few players remain with your club for an extended period, so as a GM you are always looking an incremental improvement at every position. Your staff and scouts have to always look at ways of maximizing a player's value, sometimes moving a starter to a closer like we did in Chicago with Roberto Hernandez. Switching positions is another way, like we did with Russell Martin in Los Angeles, as we drafted him as a 3B and moved him to catcher. (Dan Evans)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any insight to what the Yankees plan to do with catcher over the foreseeable future? Russell Martin will be a free agent but they don't seem ready (if ever) to let Montero catch regularly.
(Detroit Michael from Detroit, MI)
My hunch is that they re-sign Martin and have Romine backing him up, with Montero as the full-time DH and only the occasional rep behind the plate to keep his skills from rusting entirely. That dings his value for sure, but the effects of age and injuries on A-Rod and Jeter serve to remind that this lineup could use an injection of youth. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Montero an everyday player next year? If so, rough estimate numbers wise?
(Drew from Springfield)
It depends if the NYYs are willing to just live with him at DH with occasional catching appearances. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal they work with Russell Martin after the season. If the Yankees feel its essential that Montero actually wear some kind of glove, well, they're NEVER going to use him regularly. As for next year's numbers, Montero is young enough that he could still evolve considerably, but I could image something like .275/.330/.450. (Steven Goldman)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Russell Martin is rapidly heading towards worse-than-last-year-dom. Will Cashman do anything about it? Should he?
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
I was wondering about this last night. Jesus Montero is on the disabled list right now, and his season has been on the mediocre side (that he's 21 and at Triple-A not withstanding) even were he healthy. Austin Romine has had a decent Double-A repeater season at Trenton, and I hope that the Montero thing means he gets a little time at Triple-A. Then again, I'm an idiot for thinking the Yankees would ever turn to an internal option. You also have to take into account how well Martin has handled the pitching staff. If he has something to do with veteran retreads like Colon and Garcia doing well, how do you balance that against his offensive non-contributions? It's a difficult decision. Still: .182/.295/.384 May 1- present.

Just a heads up that I will be forced to take a short break to do a radio spot in about 20 minutes. However, you can follow along live at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/station/1057-the-fan/, and then I'll get right back to you. (Steven Goldman)
2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, 2 questions. 1) What are the odds the Yanks trade Montero? (would you?) 2) Favorite flavor of Big League Chew (or any other bubblegum if you arent a BLC guy)?
(dtisch30 from Ithaca)
The chances seem pretty good, because Russell Martin is playing very well and if you don't view Montero as a catcher either because he can't do it or the position is occupied, he's very tough to fit on the diamond for the Yankees, short of their reducing Jorge Posada's role--and maybe they do that as a trade showcase down the line if Posada doesn't heat up in a big way... I haven't been a big chewing gum guy in years, but one that I sort of miss--do they still make this?--is Gator Gum, the Gatorade flavored stuff. It was SO sour, putting a piece into your mouth was like biting into a lemon. My mouth is tingling in memory even as a I type this. I'm not sure if it was a pleasant sensation, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. (Steven Goldman)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Marc, Russell Martin: Um, huh? Discuss.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
What is the only mistake the Red Sox made this winter? (Marc Normandin)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10 team mixed league I've got great depth at scarce positions with V-Mart and Russell Martin at C and Tulo and Stephen Drew at SS but a few nagging holes in the pitching staff. I can only play 1 utiliity guy so if everyone's healthy at least one of those 4 is on the bench every week. Should I think about trading 1 of them to upgrade my 2 start starter/flavor of the week at SP and Hope-this-guy-vultures-a-save-or-2 at RP, or hold on to my depth and enjoy being able to survive injuries to key positions?
(buddons42 from Detroit)
It's a 10-team mixed, so you should be aggressive. It's not like you will run out of options to pick up, and you don't want to burn innings you could be using because of injuries. (Marc Normandin)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Montero ever play for the Yankees?
(Tom from Work)
Will Russell Martin get hurt before July 31? (Steven Goldman)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you enjoying the opportunity to watch Jorge Posada hit, without having to watch him catch? I am...
(Rob from Andover, CT)
Just to follow up on the other Posada question, yes, I am. A lot! I was prepared to dislike Russell Martin, both because he seemed likely to hit like Joe Girardi and block Montero, but he's taken care of the former by hitting and running the bases (as I discussed in today's Broadside, elsewhere on the site) but also being able to move more than one inch in any direction. It's an incredible novelty to see that in a Yankees catcher. Keep in mind, I think Posada is an unrecognized great, maybe a borderline Hall of Famer, but his defense has been difficult to endure the last few years. It's almost subliminal, but I feel more relaxed watching Martin catch. I imagine I will feel the same way when Jeter finally moves/retires, unless they replace him with someone using a walker. (Steven Goldman)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)So for those of us who are Yankees fans, what can we expect out of Russell Martin? Did Torre really kill all of his future value with overuse?
(cjslawyer from Insurance Capital of the World)
I put a lot of the blame for this on Torre, but for once it's not entirely his fault. To start, Grady Little did the exact same thing in 2007 before Torre got there. Martin also seems to change his workout regimen every year - he's the king of "best shape of my life" guys - and even recently admitted that he wasn't as focused last year as he should have been.

That said, I think he'll look a lot better (if he's healthy) in the Bronx than he did in LA, because the Dodgers and their generally lousy offense were counting on him to be a big cog. With the Yankees, he's just a guy, and particularly he's just a guy to tide you over until Montero/Sanchez/Romine/whomever are ready. The one skill he didn't lose in his decline was good plate discipline, so if he can give you 120 games worth of good OBP and decent defense this year, I think that'll suit the Yankees just fine. (Mike Petriello)
2011-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Greeting from the Banter and congratulations on the next step in your multi-site march towards world domination! Any early personal candidates for your eventual MFY (most frustrating Yankee) of the year? Andruuw Jones has been groundballerrific in the early going, but the 10-cent-head guys, AJ and Joba surely can't be counted out, no?
(Cult of Basebaal from Los Angeles Anaheim of Pasadena)
Hey there Cult. See, to be TRULY frustrating, I feel like the player in question has to be someone you don't totally expect to be frustrating. I think Yankees fans are fully prepared for Burnett and Joba to drive them insane. I'm going with Russell Martin, who has a strong track record of frustrating Dodgers fans that cannot be overlooked. (Emma Span)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Wieters' stats will look like by the end of the year? Also, do you think Trembley is playing him a bit too much (wearing him out)? Looks like the Orioles brought out their Sunday lineup mid-week...
(Grizzle from My Nizzle)
I like him for about the same AVG and OBP he has now, but with a bit more power. .280/.340/.430, maybe .440?

Unless of course Trembley pulls a Russell Martin on him and burns him out by July. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Russell Martin just done? Are speedy catchers just always prey to Sick Boy's theory of acting from Trainspotting?
(Cory from LA)
I'm reasonably optimistic, particularly given that he's back to playing ball and won't miss Opening Day due to the groin problem.

You know, for all of the flaws he showed last year, Martin was still the most valuable catcher in the NL this side of Brian McCann and Yadier Molina according to WARP.

All that said, I don't get Trainspotting reference. How does Sean Connery's career fit into all of this? (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Russell Martin - is his career on the ropes? Was his poor 2009 tied to an injury?
(Gary C. from Trenton NJ)
It's a groin strain not .... I dont know, something bad. Im sure he'd rather not have it, but I dont think we can make any extrapolations, past or future, from an injury that just happens. (Will Carroll)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)How does Torre not pinch hit Thome for Martin? Defend this decision in 10,000 words or less.
(aaronbailey52 from Alaska)
I can't, and that's without even adding in my disgust for Russell Martin over the last two seasons, but that's a story for another day. You get Jim Thome for that specific situation. Do you think the Phillies traded for Matt Stairs to let Pedro Feliz hit in a spot like that? Even if the Phillies counter with Eyre, I'll trust Thome against Eyre more than Martin vs Madson any day of the week. It was just a very poor decision and an example of planning ahead at the expense of the present moment. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)Re the earlier question I sent: is the Martin-Thome decision really that different than the Hughes-Rivera one, other than the state of desperation between the teams?
(mglick0718 from Oakland)
To me the big difference is that Thome is a far superior hitter to Russell Martin, and while Rivera is certainly better than Hughes, Girardi likely believed that Hughes' true talent was on display this year, thinking that he could handle such a situation. Then again, if he felt comfy enough with Hughes to hold a situation as crucial as that, wouldn't he feel comfy with Hughes closing out the ninth inning after Rivera protected that lead? Another difference is that, like you said, the Dodgers season was on the line while the Yankees were, at worst, coming home for 2 games with a 3-2 lead. I don't give either managers a pass, but I can understand Girardi's situation a bit more. (Eric Seidman)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last year Jorge Posada had a great year, and Russell Martin was the hot name while Joe Mauer suffered from a hernia and his batting average dropped 60 points, although he had a tremendous defensive season. Has he now regained the reputation as the game's best catcher?
(Wendy from Madrid)
Forget reputation, he is the best all-around catcher and should be considered for MVP. Mauer's a guy who I would have on the very short list of "guys to build a franchise around." (Will Carroll)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, what do you think of Russell Martin moving to another position in the next few years? It would be dumb for the Dodgers, but would it be smart for Martin individually? He seems to be very comparable to Craig Biggio.
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
Biggio couldn't catch very well, and speed was a huge part of his value. Martin is a good defensive catcher whose speed is an asset, not a defining thing. He should stay behind the plate for a long time. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Torre has stated in the papers that he wants to give Russell Martin rest from catching but still keep him in the lineup at 3B. How will this affect Dewitt, LaRoche and Garciaparra?
(Dodger Fan from California)
Well, first thing, I think this is an indication that Torre is *way* more creative than he's generally given credit for. But my inclination is that I'd just rather give Martin the extra time off than find another place to play him. He has a very, very good bat, but not a Mike Piazza type of bat where you're really killing yourself when he's not in your lineup. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Caleb, thanks for the chat. What do you think of Russell Martin moving from catcher in the next few years? I have been pushing for a move to second base to replace Kent next year. Would the Dodgers be crazy to do it or would he get a nice offensive boost?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
I'm not sure you want to move Martin from behind the plate. For one thing, he's a good defensive catcher--career Range Factor of 7.86, compared with 7.28 average, career Fielding Runs Above Average of 21 (in just over two seasons--that's outstanding). He's been having trouble throwing out runners this year--just eight of 38--but in his first two years he caught about 1 in 3. Obviously, good fielding catchers who can hit as well as Martin are just about impossible to find, and hold tremendous value. From what I understand LA doesn't have a catching prospect behind Martin, either--not on the Top 11 prospects (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7094). So I think they should keep him behind the plate.
Jay Jaffe brought up an interesting solution for second base next year: move Blake DeWitt to the position, making room for Andy LaRoche at third. Or heck, maybe you move LaRoche there, if DeWitt keeps hitting like he has (unlikely). I'm not sure either of them can play the position, and I don't think the Dodgers would do it even if they either can, but it's something to think about. At least you didn't give Luis Castillo a four year deal, right?

Did people know that Martin's full name, according to Baseball Reference, is Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin? (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions: 1) For my Cubs lovin' wife, are the Northsiders for real? They've done well so far, but what are their big questions down the stretch? 2) Is there any light at the end of the Andruw Jones tunnel, or is that the sound of a diesel locomotive? 3) Joe Torre: great manager, or *greatest* manager? Seriously, look at Friday's Dodgers lineup: how could he expect to win?
(scareduck from Still closer to Angel Stadium than Chavez Ravine)
Cubs: for real. Their run differential is the best in all of baseball by a wide margin, and I don't see any of the other NL Central teams being able to hang with them. I think the big questions are whether Rich Hill rediscovers his control and returns to the rotation, and whether Kerry Wood can hold up as the team's closer. Barring injuries, I think they'll be OK, and even with those injuries, they have a bit of depth to either cover from within or make a trade to help themselves out.

Andruw: lots of questions about him today. The upside of his injury is that it may explain some of his struggles, it may force him to get back in shape as he rehabs, and it will give Dodger fans a bit of relief when it comes to the daily drama of the outfield lineup.

Torre: Furcal being hurt certainly takes a bite out of that lineup. But really, Torre's going to have to get over this Russell Martin-at-3B fetish, even though it's only been a total of 37 innings he's played there. It's fine to give him a breather now and then, but when you're stealing at-bats from DeWitt or LaRoche to give them to Gary Bennett, something is definitely wrong. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will have a better year, Mauer or Martin? How good will Alex Rios be? (a 6'6 OF who can steal 20 can't have too many comparables...)
(Jimmy Ballgame from San Diego)
Russell Martin; you've got a solid line, you know the Dodgers will push him to play a ton of games, and he steals bases. Mauer's power is going to dip according to PECOTA, and that Twins lineup is awful.

I'm still not on speaking terms with PECOTA after seeing the projection it spit out for him this year. Let's revise RF right now and slot him in behind Hermida and ahead of the Kemp/Milledge pair where playing time might be an issue. What do you guys think, should we bump Abreu or Francouer to #11? (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Torre will rest Russell Martin more, or is there a chance his legs will fall off on September 16th? I am worried that his late season collapse will happen again if the Dodgers don't learn how to take care of him.
(Eddy from Valerie's closet)
I think Torre's experience in getting reliably good work from Jorge Posada over his career (not to mention his own past days with the tools of ignorance) will save Martin from anything like a Jim Sundberg-style wear-down. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jason Bay bounce back? And is Russell Martin now the best Canadian?
(Otto from Halifax)
I think Bay bounces back. Perhaps not to his 2006 level but enough to have a very solid year. Yes, I'd have to say Russell Martin is not the best Canadian player, though, despite the Gold Glove, I'd like to see him keep improving behind the plate. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Russell Martin > Erik Bedard?
(DK from NYC)
Good point but good-hitting catchers are hard to find, so I give Martin a slight edge over Bedard. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two questions: How much of Granderson's breakout last season was a fluke? Should I sell high on Russell Martin?
(eliyahu from Elazar, Israel)
I'd be more inclined to sell high on Granderson than Martin, though both are wonderful baseball players and should continue to be so for the foreseeable future. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5You know, if you told the average guy on the street that next year is Russell Martin's age-27 (IE theoretical peak) season, he wouldn't believe you. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)I wonder how many examples there are of the Jason Kendall/Russell Martin career path... Although Martin seems to have gone down that particular road on fast-forward. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Steve, a big weapon perhaps relative to Russell Martin. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)No Dodger has been more of a disappointment in 2009 than Russell Martin. And that includes Jason Schmidt. Seriously, what kind of cough syrup is that guy drinking between innings that he's suddenly so Posada-esque behind the plate? (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)The great improvement Russell Martin has made in the presence of Brad Ausmus is that he's starting to hit like Brad Ausmus.

Thanks for that. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourWhat, if any, is the explanation proffered for Russell Martin's relative lack o' power this year? (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 AA .000 0.0 4989 .001 -1.6 137 .019 .003 -1.6 -2.5 -2.5
2006 MLB .011 13.6 4979 .001 -0.7 92 -.033 .002 2.0 12.7 16.5
2006 AAA .029 7.0 950 .000 0.0 16 -.020 -.004 0.2 6.8 7.1
2007 MLB .013 20.1 5995 .000 0.5 114 -.042 .002 3.1 25.5 27.6
2008 MLB .025 30.9 5613 -.004 6.1 79 .002 -.004 0.0 36.7 36.2
2009 MLB .019 25.1 5698 .002 -3.9 95 -.010 .012 0.6 22.2 22.7
2010 MLB .016 13.1 3919 .000 0.5 64 -.034 .003 1.4 16.7 13.9
2011 MLB .028 28.4 4937 .000 0.4 120 .000 .005 0.0 28.2 27.5
2012 MLB .019 19.7 4862 .001 -1.4 72 .011 .000 -0.5 17.8 16.9
2013 MLB .012 12.3 4832 -.001 1.4 81 -.068 .003 3.1 17.0 17.1
2014 MLB .018 15.3 4166 .000 0.3 88 -.076 -.001 3.9 19.2 22.8
2015 MLB .016 14.3 4315 .004 -4.1 63 -.078 .006 2.6 12.9 12.9
2016 MLB .015 15.8 4733 .000 0.1 60 .076 -.002 -2.8 12.5 13.0
2017 MLB .003 2.6 3359 .000 -0.2 52 .030 .000 -1.1 1.1 1.6
2018 MLB .010 7.3 3245 -.002 1.6 65 .008 .004 -0.3 8.4 8.1
2019 MLB .011 4.6 1724 .001 -0.6 15 -.011 -.001 0.1 4.1 5.6

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