Russell Martin, who spent five seasons with the NL West Los Angeles Dodgers, is heading back to the National League, this time as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Thursday that the Pirates have reached a two-year deal worth $17 million with Martin, pending a physical.
Martin spent the last two years with the New York Yankees, hitting .211 in 2012 with a career-high 21 homers and 53 RBI.
It’s not known for certain why the Yankees didn’t sign their free-agent catcher, as it seems that could have matched the number the Pirates offered Martin.
Speculation is that the Yanks will now turn their attention to free agent veteran A.J. Pierzynski as their next choice.
However, they will have to compete with some others including the Dodgers, who are rumored to have interest in Piezynski as well.