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Russell Martin
Birthdate: 2/15/1983 (34 y, 1 m, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/215     Position: C
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 17, Pick: 19, Overall: 511, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Contract: $82M / 5 Years (2015 - 2019)
RotoWire News: Manager John Gibbons said Martin's workload this season will largely depend on how much the catcher wants to take on, Corey Long of reports. (3/22/2017)
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Profile: Russell Martin is no longer the 20/20 threat he was with the Dodgers early in his career -- or even the .290-with-pop backstop from his 2014 renaissance with the Pirates -- but, now in his third season with the Blue Jays, he still provides a modicum of fantasy value at catcher. Martin began his 2016 disastrously, striking out in nearly half his April appearances, but quickly recovered and slashed .240/.350/.432 from May onward, with a 112 wRC+ identical to his 2015 mark. Playing 137 games, more than any season since 2009, Martin wore out a bit late in the year (.161/.325/.310 in September), but the Blue Jays' offseason signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia could keep him fresher at the expense of some playing time. He's a 34-year-old catcher, so the bottom could fall out at any point, and his batting average will be a liability at best (.254 career AVG), but Martin stands a solid chance of turning in another 20/70/70/.235-type season -- with even a little upside if he stays healthy. Don't reach for him, but he's a good bet to help your team in the C10 range. (Brice Russ)

The Quick Opinion: Martin had another up-and-down season in 2016, and he's only getting older, but he should provide power and acceptable counting stats as a midrange catcher. Watch out for that batting average, though.

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