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55 Russell Martin C

Toronto Blue Jays

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
75%64%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
37911.29067454
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014PIT111379451101167597844.402.430.290

Player Updates

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Blue Jays' Martin: Pirates 'were going to do everything they could'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin says the Pirates did everything they could to try and re-sign him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Toronto, but said the Pirates really pushed to keep him around. "They were going to do everything they could," Martin said. "They were pretty vocal about that. But then it comes to a point where, as an organization, if you're thinking business-wise, you can't stack all your chips and then leave yourself vulnerable for later."

Martin also admitted that the opportunity to be a role model in Canada was a big reason he signed in Toronto. "The opportunity to play in Canada, for my family to be able to watch me play, to be a role model for younger Canadians and be that guy, it's a better fit for me overall for that reason," he explained.

In the end, the money and a fifth year led Martin to the Blue Jays. "[The Pirates] were pretty vocal, and I think that they definitely wanted me back. It was just a feeling that Toronto wanted me a little bit more," he said.

The 32-year-old hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats last season.

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Blue Jays' Russell Martin, R.A. Dickey starting to develop chemistry
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."

Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.

"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."

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Blue Jays planning days off for Edwin Encarnacion in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays are expecting to utilize Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter in 2015 instead of full-time at first base, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Gibbons wants to prevent Encarnacion from suffering injuries as much as possible this season, according to the Toronto Sun.

"We'll be looking to give Encarnacion time off anyway to prevent a recurrence of the back problems that he had last season," said Gibbons. "It’s important to nip that in the bud."

If catcher Dioner Navarro is not traded, it is likely that Encarnacion will play some first so that Navarro can DH and newly signed Russell Martin can catch.

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Blue Jays' Dickey has faith in Russell Martin catching his knuckleball
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is excited about new catcher Russell Martin and believes he can catch his knuckleball, SportsNet.com reports.

“Nothing is going to replace time spent together, and so I think from the get-go, we’re probably going to be spending a lot of time on the side, bullpens, playing catch so that he can get a feel for what that pitch does and see if he feels like it’s something he can do every day that I pitch, that’s 34 starts,” Dickey said.

Martin said he expects to be the catcher when Dickey starts and doesn't believe the knuckleball will be a problem.

Dickey went 14-13 in 2014, posting a 3.71 ERA in 215 2/3 innings.

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Blue Jays' Gibbons views Martin as 'ideal fit' for second spot in order
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called recently signed catcher Russell Martin an "ideal fit" for the second spot in the team's batting order, per MLB.com. Gibbons said Martin fits well near the top of the order because he makes consistent contact and is coming off a season in which he had a .402 on-base percentage.

"He's a guy that everybody in the organization wanted to be able to get," Gibbons said. "That was big to set the tone ... One thing about him is he's a complete player, really good behind the plate and can really handle the bat."

Martin has just a .235 average in 79 career games batting second. However, he has a career .341 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases out of the No. 2 spot in the order.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Catchers 8 13 47.64
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs San Francisco810 .125 .125 .125
vs Cueto (Career)1510 .133.333.067
vs RHP3059111 .396 .469 .298
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
9/21MIL3010100
9/22@ATL3010010
9/23@ATL4000000
9/24@ATL2010000
9/25@ATL4000000
9/26@CIN2000010
10/1SF4010000
Two Week Schedule
APRIL
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1:05 pm
Tickets
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@NYY
7:05 pm
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@NYY
7:05 pm
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10
@Balt
3:05 pm
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11
@Balt
7:05 pm
Tickets
12
@Balt
1:35 pm
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13
TB
7:07 pm
Tickets
14
TB
7:07 pm
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15
TB
7:07 pm
Tickets
16
TB
7:07 pm
Tickets
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Atl
7:07 pm
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Atl
7:07 pm
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Fantasy Points by Week
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19

14

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12

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2005LAD0000000000 --- --- ---
2006LAD1214156511710654557105 .355 .436 .282
2007LAD1515408715819876789219 .374 .469 .293
2008LAD1555538715513699083186 .385 .396 .280
2009LAD143505631267536980116 .352 .329 .250
2010LAD973314582526486162 .347 .332 .248
2011NYY12541757991865508182 .324 .408 .237
2012NYY13342250892153539561 .311 .403 .211
2013PIT127438519915555810895 .327 .377 .226
2014PIT111379451101167597844 .402 .430 .290
Total 1163400055010351195405397329340 .354 .399 .259
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2006LADC1171148567886268 .993
2007LADC14514311641065851411 .988
2008LAD3B1182622133 .885
2008LADC1491381118104265118 .990
2009LAD3B1000000 ---
2009LADC137133113310398779 .994
2010LADC938975068159102 .987
2011NYY2B10110001.000
2011NYY3B3020110 .500
2011NYYC12511897286696108 .990
2012NYYC1281169919246163 .994
2013PIT3B32633001.000
2013PITOF11110001.000
2013PITC12011799088510326 .998
2014PITC1071068807859057 .994
Total  11271085889080827337565 .992
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2005LAD00000000
2006LAD264181314817
2007LAD323253607116
2008LAD250219205816
2009LAD1901661211918
2010LAD13011031477
2011NYY170170315119
2012NYY180170028013
2013PIT210165118213
2014PIT2001635215516
Total 1917159724106741135
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2006LAD31224001200 .385 .333 .333
2008LAD830561641010 .333 .400 .200
2009LAD82525034400 .355 .240 .200
2011NYY51733002400 .333 .235 .176
2012NYY93135113500 .235 .290 .161
2013PIT61725263500 .364 .647 .294
2014PIT1401000000 .250 .250 .250
Total 401361729416173010 .323 .346 .213
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2002 R-Dodgers41126223633010231871 .412 .357 .286
2003 R-Ogden521882551130636262631 .368 .436 .271
2003 A-Sth Georgia259815284131491152 .343 .439 .286
2004 A-Vero Beach122416741042411564725495 .368 .421 .250
2005 AA-Jacksnville129409831271719617869157 .430 .423 .311
2006AAA-Las Vegas237414229009131102 .389 .419 .297
Total 3921311233368706331942211893918 .386 .419 .281
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/203
Birthdate:
2/15/1983
Age:
32
Hometown:
East York, Ontario, CAN
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Toronto Blue Jays
College:
Chipola JC FL
MLB Experience:
9
Awards:

2007: NL Gold Glove-C
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