The deadline for Francisco Liriano to accept the Pirates’ $15.3 million qualifying offer is today. The lefty hasn’t made a decision yet, but
Jon Heyman reports Russell Martin will turn down his qualifying offer in a confusing sentence with so many commas and em dashes that he might as well write a Pittsburgh Pirate blog with a name cribbed from a rhetorical Simon and Garfunkel question:
Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday’s deadline — no surprise considering word is, he’s already got four-year possibilities and may even get five.
I know that we’re all putting on our strong, “Maybe the Pirates will bring Russell Martin Back” faces, but honestly, I told Mike Grau on his radio show yesterday that I thought the Pirates chances of bringing him back were more or less 0% and I’m going to stick with that. He’s one of baseball’s best catchers in a free agent market in which he’s basically the only catcher available. He’s gonna get paid.
Whoever it is that announces Silver Slugger Awards (Major League Baseball? Louisville Slugger? Some PR guy with a Twitter account?) announced them today and the Pirates have two winners this year: Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. I don’t have an incredible amount of insight to add to stories like this one: there are a lot […]
There’s not a whole lot of new news here, but Jon Heyman gives us the first Russell Martin update of the off-season:
Pittsburgh, which extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer that he will surely turn down, is said to be quite interested in bringing back Martin to the point of going to unusual lengths for them to try to make it happen. The Pirates, as was reported here, made a multiyear proposal during this his walk season, and while such a late try was a long-shot, it is believed to have been a serious effort on their part.
He adds that the Cubs and Dodgers are likely going to be big players for Martin, the Blue Jays are interested, and that Martin’s agent is presumably looking for a five-year deal since that’s what Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, and Miguel Montero all got in recent years.
So, to recap: a lot of teams want Martin, including the Pirates, and the deal he signs is going to be for many years and many dollars, which probably doesn’t bode well for the Pirates.
Major League Baseball’s free agency period officially opened today at midnight (or maybe yesterday at 5 PM, or maybe at 2:09 AM, I don’t really know specifically when it happened) and while the Pirates are likely to be mostly inactive until they hear from Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano on their qualifying offers — I […]
The World Series ended last Wednesday, which means that 5 PM today is the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers for their pending free-agents. The Pirates have two free agents that, erm, qualify for a qualifying offer: Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. Now, let’s do a quick refresher on the specifics of the qualifying […]
Yesterday morning I tweeted out the link to my post examining the long-term payroll effects of signing Russell Martin, and within an hour or so two different people (
If we’re being honest, I don’t like to spend a whole ton of time worrying about the Pirates’ payroll. There is, quite simply, nothing I can do about it. The front office has to accept the number ownership gives them and put the best team they can on the field with it, and I’m more interested […]
I sat down to watch tonight’s World Series game with my laptop fully intending to get WHYGAVS fired up again. There are two ideas for posts that have been kicking around in my head for a while (they involve payrolls and shifts, which shouldn’t be surprising) and I was determined to hammer one of them […]
My first reaction to the Royals sweeping the Orioles out of the ALCS and clinching a World Series berth last night was the same as any non-A’s/Angels/Orioles fan with a shred of decency and a sense of wonder: This is really cool. The Royals were pathetic for just as long as the Pirates were, and they […]
What I found was perhaps not surprising – the strike zone did continue to expand, and that expansion was almost entirely due to the bottom of the zone dropping once again. What surprised me was that this season saw the largest single year increase in the size of the strike zone in the PITCHf/x era. I’m […]
“Speak up, destiny, speak up! Destiny always seems decades away, but suddenly it’s not decades away; it’s right now. But maybe destiny is always right now, right here, right this very instant, maybe.” — Walter M. Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz When the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirate season ended, I was pretty OK with it. The […]