Russell Martin Drawing Significant Interest from Pirates

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, catcher Russell Martin is drawing significant interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. The Yankees are still seen as the favorite to resign him, but will have to deal with some competition.

Martin, who will be 30 in March, is coming off a season where he hit .211/.311/.403 with 21 home runs and a 2.2 WAR in 133 games with the Yankees.

Any deal with Martin will presumably be a multi-year deal. In Martin’s final year of arbitration eligibility in 2012, he received $7.5 million.

The Pirates are pretty desperate at the catching position right now and Martin is the second best remaining free agent at the position behind Mike Napoli, so making a strong play for him is probably a good idea.