Report: Cubs the clear front-runner for Russell Martin

Report: Cubs the clear front-runner for Russell Martin

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from executives involved in the bidding for free agent catcher Russell Martin that the Cubs are the clear front-runner. He adds that Russell is likely to fetch a deal in the range of four years and $64 million.


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Martin is the prize of this off-seasons class of free agent catchers after batting .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Pirates. He continues to draw praise for his defense, pitch framing, and handling a pitching staff as well.

In the event the Cubs do land Martin, they will likely make 27-year-old catcher Welington Castillo available.

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