Yesterday, we heard a rumor that the Pittsburgh Pirates were offering free agent catcher Russell Martin a three-year contract worth $25 million. Last night, various reports said that number was a bit high, but not out of the ballpark range for what the team is willing to give the 29-year-old. Today, there are reports that the Pirates have offered Martin a three-year contract worth $22 million.
The Pirates and New York Yankees still seem to be the front-runners for Martin’s services, though two other teams are believed to be in the mix as well.
Stewart, 26, was acquired from the Red Sox for a player to be named later. Boston received him as part of the Kevin Youkilis trade with the Chicago White Sox in June.
He accumulated an 8.58 ERA with 19 strikeouts and four walks over 35.2 innings (three starts) in the majors last season.
His minor league numbers were slightly better, as he recorded a 3.94 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in 59.2 innings over 11 starts.
The Pirates sent two minor leaguers to Kansas City in exchange for Mazzaro and Robinson.
Mazzaro, now 26, spent time in both AAA and the MLB with the Royals last season. In 44 major league innings, he had a 5.73 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 19 walks. Pirates management believes he could earn a spot in the bullpen this season.
Robinson will turn 28 before Spring Training next season. He has four major league plate appearances with two strikeouts and not a single hit.
All three players were designated for assignment by their respective teams prior to being trade to the Pirates, who designated Matt Hague and Yamiaco Navarro for assignment to clear space for the new players on the 40-man roster.
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