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Just because a catcher can throw base stealers out and prevent wild pitches/ passed balls doesn’t mean they can necessarily guide young pitchers through a game. I think that’s what a lot of teams look for when the want “pitch framers.” Not for guys like Smoltz but to teach the younger pitchers to think like the future hall of fame pitchers that love every pitch call those catchers make. In 2018, Martin made 89 starts behind the plate and at third base for the Blue Jays, slashing .194/.338/.325 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI. Check. We are ALL told to stop, some of us just earlier than others…, Agree with both of you, those are the reasons I came up with. I assume he stays in LA and backs up Smith. The Toronto Blue Jays have traded catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Ronny Brito and right-hander Andrew Sopko and cash considerations, the teams announced … That play will always be in my memory too because after 20 years that was the first time I saw something like that happen for the Pirates to win and not lose a game. Great idea. If the Dodgers plan on resigning Ryu, then getting Martin as his personal catcher would be very ideal. One you retire as an active player, that’s (generally) forever, so I guess stay for the ride as long as someone will pay you…. Maybe even try to carry him and Nottingham at the same time so he can learn from a true professional. Just let him see what the computer says before he makes the call. He’s obviously respected for what he knows and it would seem there would be a market, and it wouldn’t tie up a roster spot…, Probably because he wants to play as long as he can, The hardest thing to do is stop playing. Period. The offensive limitations limit the appeal, but it stands to reason that there’ll still be a good bit of interest. No one is looking out for his long term health. Out of 100+ pitches McCann picked the exact best pitch every single time BEFORE Smoltz did. Or are they still high on Higashioka or think they can re-sign Austin Romine? Overall, Martin’s teams have made the Postseason nine times in 13 years and he has caught 1,519 games (1,455 starts), which ranks third among active players, trailing just Yadier Molina (1,836) and Brian McCann (1,529). Please login to leave a reply. Such a good guy to have around. You think there’s 60 catchers better than him?

Lucroy was bad on both sides of the ball. The Martin trade could potentially signal the end of the Dodgers' chances of landing the young Miami catcher, but we'll have to wait and see.

1 year/$2.5M maybe go back to the Yankees? There is no in between. Then the Blue Jays offered an $80M 5 year contract and the Pirates … Love that dude. I think Russell’s days as the # 1 catcher are behind him, but I remember Greg Zaun saying that he played over 16 yrs in the majors as the back-up catcher and it was playing in that role that kept him in the majors so I think Martin if the knees hold up likely has another year. The main benefit is the one you mentioned about balls and strikes. The trade reunites Martin with the Dodgers, the team that first drafted Martin in the 17th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Would restore some

His body of work is great but nothing stands out. No team keeps a poor offensive catcher who lacks traditional defensive stats just for the purposes of pitch framing. Sopko, 24, was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB Draft from Gonzaga and has a career 27-17 minor league record with a 3.61 ERA (158 ER/394.1 IP) and 363 strikeouts against 112 walks over four minor league seasons. And even if you do, the experience and he will provide is invaluable. Local news from across Southern California.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal to Milwaukee.

All Rights Reserved. He would definitely make more money playing unless he somehow became a manager. Framing is the open admission that umps stink at calling balls and strikes. pushing this since diaz fell appart. Common sense to the clubhouse as well.

They’ll probably bring Barnes back up, even though he kind of sucks. there for sure BUT more than meets the eye there IMO. I think minor league deal league min of anything. The biggest thing us that he and Braves GM Alex Anthopolous get along very well. The other, less mentioned benefit that isn’t pointed out in the term “pitch framer” but often comes along with catchers of that ilk is their ability to read their own pitchers and call the best pitches in any particular situation. I hope they raise payroll enough to sign Grandal and great starting pitching while retaining Donaldson but that is probably more of a pipe dream.

Atlanta…cheap and adequate behind Flowers. Check. It may not be the case with all catchers that are referred to as “pitch framers but in terms of guys like McCann and Flowers who don’t throw out a ton of base runners and don’t have spectacular offensive stats, that is typically the case.

The 35-year-old was a four-time All-Star with the Dodgers from 2006-2010 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances.

Then you get the best combination of pitching, defense and hitting.

He won both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards in 2007, and in 2013 and 2014, he was named the Wilson Defensive Catcher of the Year.

1 year/$2.5M maybe go back to the Yankees?

They also need to figure out a way to allocate funds to helo the starting rotation though and with Contreras and Langoliers developing in the minors they may prefer to spend their money that way instead of handing out a 4 year deal that could block the prospects. DHing in general is either good for the game or bad for the game. He could be one heck of a coach one day though. 6-keys: media/spln/mlb/reg/free/stories, at I agree with you. He’s not my personal first choice though. I assume you’re not reading this but thanks Russell and best of luck. Given all that, the Dodgers should sign Russell Martin as soon as possible. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: mlb | pageType: stories | Also, Kinzner will get most of the backup playing time the second half!!! He is also another great clubhouse presence too. That means an ump blows at least 1 out of every 6 ball/strike calls while a computer only blows 1 out of 32 calls. The computers aren’t perfect but last I read they were right on balls and strikes about 97% of the time. Not on where the catcher puts his glove, not on how the ump feels in a given moment. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired catcher Russell Martin and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko and minor league infielder Ronny Brito. Especially if Donaldson isn’t resigned. For your leadership.For your passion.For representing Canada's Team, Welcome back, @russellmartin55! well, he does have 1 day experience as a manager. Check. His 1,519 games behind the plate rank third among active catchers, behind only Yadier Molina and Brian McCann. Or are they still high on Higashioka or think they can re-sign Austin?

The Canadian native spent the last four seasons in Toronto, and the Blue Jays will reportedly send cash to the Dodgers to offset some of the remaining $20 million owed to Martin in the final year of his contract in 2019. He will not want to play unless it is a very good team although he may want to go back to the Pirates as a player coach as I think that he enjoyed his time there and may want to coach in the future. I often wonder why in the case of somebody like Martin, where the main appeal is his knowledge and clubhouse presence, doesn’t consider beginning a coaching career. There is not a chance the 2019 version of Russell Martin would preclude the #Dodgers from continuing to pursue J.T. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. The move comes on the heels of former starting catcher, Yasmani Grandal, agreeing to a one-year, $18.25 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Pitch framing will be out the window in 2022 when the electronic strike zone takes over. I know that people wouldn’t consider it baseball because it’s against the original rules if baseball but the fact of the matter is that using a DH for a pitcher is against the rules of the game of baseball as well. I mean no disrespect but he is not a HOF caliber player. There are worse catchers than him in the hall, at least by WAR and other HOF metrics, but even with a late career resurgence I think his only shot is getting inducted somewhere down the line by a some committee. It may not be stated in the term ” pitch framer” but that is because it is intangible. Houston might be a good fit if they don’t re-sign their catchers. Yes, we need a veteran’s presence. For Martin, who turns 36 in February, he'll be back in Los Angeles where he played his first five seasons with the Dodgers.

He has a decent season with the Dodgers in 2019 as he had a .8 WAR in 83 games. I also wanted to mention that from my understanding catchers that are referred to as good framers generally have 2 virtues. That is a big difference.

By Jeff Todd | November 6, 2019 at 10:34am CDT. For the past several years the Braves have only been putting good pitch framers that have great clubhouse presence behind the plate. The Dodgers were in need of another catcher and had prospects to cash in for a deal -- they were reportedly cited as the front-runners for a Realmuto trade but the Marlins were seeking a big return.

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A great clubhouse leader that leads his team by example and leaves it all on the field for sure. I was thinking the same thing. I do hope the Braves can retain him on a cheap 2 year deal just to see if he can keep it going. he was a big reason pirates pitching was decent. I already got my workout in this morning and am ready to sign wherever. This is a game, played by kids and up and slowly but surely they are letting the people with the pocket pen holders who never played the game at any level take over the game and take the fun out of it. I think he would absolutely be a fit in Milwaukee and I think he is still very athletic enough to help as a back up in the infield too. i wish the dodgers would bring him back so he can pitch an inning or five. Great fit for J.T.

Better fit then Grandal in my opinion . He’s also a highly respected veteran who’d help draw the best out of a pitching staff and add gravitas to the dugout. The closest way to measure a catchers pitch calling ability is to look at how frequently proven smart veteran pitchers shake off their pitch calls. They’ll resign Weiters.

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Martin, 37 in February, finished out his five-year, $82MM contract this season. There has been a lot of talk about him not wanting to be a catcher anymore so I didn’t mention him. I consider myself more of a “purist” than most. Veteran? The home plate umps were only right about 81% of the time. I think there is a solid chance he will come to Atlanta on a cheap one year deal.

And, in his prime, as good of a defensive catcher there was. Russell Martin was a fine player with the Pirates for two years and was a surprise free aagent for $10.5 M per year. Let the computer tell the ump so one man doesn’t have so much control over the outcome of the game via blown calls.

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