Free agent catcher Russell Martin is reportedly getting offers from teams on both coasts as he tends to a family situation. As the best backstop left on the market, Martin is reportedly garnering interest from the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics.
Martin last played with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019, and has turned down opportunities to sign with other teams since hitting free agency. He is currently putting family first, but he has said that he plans to play in 2020.
At 37 years old, Martin could be approaching one of, if not his last MLB contract in 2020. In 2019 he batted .220 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He hit one home run in the 2019 postseason.
While Martin's presence at the dish was mediocre in 2019, his work behind the plate earned him a 1.2 fWAR. His defense could be of particular importance for the Mets, as they lack depth behind Wilson Ramos.