Russell Martin has, by far, the most experience of anyone else mentioned in this slideshow. He’s been a major leaguer for 14 full seasons. Five with the Dodgers, two with the New York Yankees, two with the Pittsburgh Pirates, four with the Toronto Blue Jays, and one more with Los Angeles in 2019.
Martin will be turning 37-years-old around the birth of next Spring Training. Who better to guide an up-and-coming staff than someone who’s seen everything?
Martin’s never been a “great” hitter, but he’s more than passable. A .248/.349/.397 career slashline with 191 long balls and 771 RBI in 1,693 career games stands testament to that. Although he hasn’t hit above .240 in four years, he’s still more than capable of the occasional deep blast.
After consistently ranking amongst the league leaders in CS percentage, including an American League best 44 percent in 2015, Martin has tailed off a bit in recent years. A career 30 percent kill-rate that hasn’t been matched since that campaign, he also has averaged just one passed ball every 158 innings (that’s good).
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