TORONTO (AP) In his pursuit of Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his intentions clear in a message to the free-agent catcher's representative.
"At one point I mentioned to the agent, `Just so you know. I'm signing the player,'" a smiling Anthopoulos remembered telling Matt Colleran. "Obviously, that wasn't to be arrogant or cocky. I felt we wanted him more than anybody else. We just put so much time into this. He's the key to our offseason, and he's someone that we really wanted to have."
Anthopoulos added a fifth guaranteed season in the final hour of negotiations and reached an $82 million, five-year contract. The three-time All-Star will earn $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons.