The Cubs made a huge splash when they hired Joe Maddon, giving the celebrity manager a five-year, $25 million contract and immediately raising expectations around the Wrigley Field construct
The Toronto Blue Jays went into stealth mode and signed Russell Martin, taking an All-Star/Gold Glove catcher off the board and forcing the Cubs to think about Plan B behind the plate.
The Cubs think Russell Martin could be the right player at the right time, the free-agent splash that makes sense because of his production, leadership and postseason experience.
The Cubs like Russell Martin’s all-around game. He’s an All-Star catcher who’s gone to the playoffs with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.
An offseason that already promised the potential for big splashes will get one if – when? – the Cubs land Joe Maddon.