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MLB Rumors: Russell Martin To Play SS For Canada In WBC To Improve Value As A Free Agent?

MLB Rumors: Russell Martin To Play SS For Canada In WBC To Improve Value As A Free Agent?

Hyped by on November 26, 2012 Website: www.hardballchat.com

Russell Martin is toward the top of a short list this offseason as far as free agent catchers are concerned. The 29-year-old hit a career high 21 home runs for the New York Yankees in 2012, and has remained relatively healthy since joining the Bronx Bombers a couple of seasons ago. Sure, his batting average could be higher, but Martin has thought of something else to help improve his value as a free agent this Winter.

Martin has offered to play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, sighting it could help his stock as a free agent. Granted, he may not need much, considering the only other catchers who are currently on the market are A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli, with Pierzynski coming off a great year but at an older age, and with Napoli expected to see as many at-bats as a first baseman or designated hitter as he could behind the plate. Martin should not have a difficult time finding work as an everyday catcher this offseason.

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