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08:13 AM ET 12.10 | A good deal of the hot stove action is centered in the AL East, where Russell Martin is still getting some attention -- from, according to reports, the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays, as well as another "mystery" team. Guess a lot of people are convinced Martin won't struggle to come back from that labral tear and fractured hip. ... The surge of interest in Martin, plus the signing of Navarro, however, all but assures the two-time All-Star will not return to the Dodgers next season. Martin hit .248 last season, with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 331 at-bats.

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December 10, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Catcher cupboard must really be bare if 4+ teams are fighting over this guy

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December 10, 2010  08:46 AM ET

26 RBI's in 331 ab's? Heck, Francisco Cervelli had 38 rbi's in 266 ab's. What's this guy use to hit, a toothpick?

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December 10, 2010  08:56 AM ET
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I don't thinks he's bad, but I REALLY don't see why NY would try and sign him as Jrge will be playing some catcher and why not give montero the reigns? There are plenty of teams that actually allow kids to play and shockingly enough....many actually do well.NY has got to have some young guys on the roster and actually PLAYIt's NY.....if montero stinks, jorge breaks down they can sign some ham & egger veteran off the junk heap down the road, like they've done with moller and others in the past-

Yea, agreed. Never should have thrown away Molina. Gold glove caliber catchers that call a great game are rare, there's a reason Toronto's staff was so tough last year, even with the injuries and losing Halladay.

December 10, 2010  08:58 AM ET
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Catcher cupboard must really be bare if 4+ teams are fighting over this guy

It isn't his offense skills that teams want. It's his ability to keep the runner on first base. He's one of the best at it with roughly a 35 percent throw-out rate.

December 10, 2010  09:39 AM ET
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It isn't his offense skills that teams want. It's his ability to keep the runner on first base. He's one of the best at it with roughly a 35 percent throw-out rate.

A torn labrum would concern me. His throwing will definitely need to be reviewed before signing him.

December 10, 2010  09:56 AM ET
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It isn't his offense skills that teams want. It's his ability to keep the runner on first base. He's one of the best at it with roughly a 35 percent throw-out rate.

That's exactly what Boston needs, screw the offense, they've got plenty of that from the rest of the offense. Plus he should be a cheap signing.

December 10, 2010  09:56 AM ET

The Red Sox must have gotten a good medical report on him in deciding to make him an offer.

December 10, 2010  10:03 AM ET
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The NL West belongs to the GIANTS! Yeah!

"Pride cometh before the fall"

December 10, 2010  10:12 AM ET
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That's exactly what Boston needs, screw the offense, they've got plenty of that from the rest of the offense. Plus he should be a cheap signing.

I thought the answer was no on Martin.

December 10, 2010  10:15 AM ET
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I thought the answer was no on Martin.

I really haven't heard anything on Martin. But a great defensive catcher with no bat would fit in perfect with the Sox.............is there another Molina brother somewhere???

December 10, 2010  11:07 AM ET

Hate to see Martin leave the Dodgers but i can't argue his stats of late.

December 10, 2010  11:41 AM ET
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I really haven't heard anything on Martin. But a great defensive catcher with no bat would fit in perfect with the Sox.............is there another Molina brother somewhere???

That was what i was saying yesterday...

December 10, 2010  12:36 PM ET

Chh .... Meanwile, the Mariners run out and sign ......... wait for it ..................Miguel Olivo!!!
He sucked a fat goats **** LAST time he was with them. I'm wondering what's changed since then - is it too soon to give up on the home team even before the season gets underway?
They're already looking like the 2011 Mariners v 2.0

December 10, 2010  12:48 PM ET
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Yea, agreed. Never should have thrown away Molina. Gold glove caliber catchers that call a great game are rare, there's a reason Toronto's staff was so tough last year, even with the injuries and losing Halladay.

Molina is a good catcher. But to say that he had a big part in Toronto's pitching staff is a bit of a stretch when he only started 51 games, less than a third. He did however, catch almost exclusively Morrow, since the first month of the season. Molina is a great game caller and defensive catcher, but he wasn't the reason why the Jays young starters were tough last season.

December 10, 2010  12:55 PM ET
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I don't thinks he's bad, but I REALLY don't see why NY would try and sign him as Jrge will be playing some catcher and why not give montero the reigns? There are plenty of teams that actually allow kids to play and shockingly enough....many actually do well.NY has got to have some young guys on the roster and actually PLAYIt's NY.....if montero stinks, jorge breaks down they can sign some ham & egger veteran off the junk heap down the road, like they've done with moller and others in the past-

There ya go. Montero will be given the chance, and if he is not good as a catcher, then he will go to the outfield.

December 10, 2010  03:58 PM ET

the question its, can russelll martin catch at least 150 games next season???

December 10, 2010  05:16 PM ET
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the question its, can russelll martin catch at least 150 games next season???

How many catchers Catch 150 games a year? Really? I think which ever team signs him would be happy with 110-120, especially since he is coming off ha hip injury.

 
December 10, 2010  05:26 PM ET
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the question its, can russelll martin catch at least 150 games next season???

In fact, there was only two catchers in all of 2010 that caught 130 or more games. Mc Cann had 136 and Yadier Molina caught 135. Only 5 players caught more than 120 games. 150 games for a catcher is unheard of in this day and age.

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