The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly signed free agent catcher Russell Martin to a 5 year, $82 million deal. That averages out to a little over
$18 $16 million per season.
This is an interesting move by the Jays, as it locks up Martin through his age 32-36 season on the heels of his best season as a professional. Martin gets good marks for his framing, defense and leadership, and put up a 5.5 bWAR last season, after having a 4.3 bWAR this year before.
However, his .290/.402/.430 slash line in 2014 seems to be unsustainable -- he had a .226/.327/.377 line in 2013, and a .211/.311/.377 slash line in 2012 -- and catchers don't, as a group, tend to age well. The Jays would seem to be paying him primarily for his glove, with any offensive production that comes close to his 2014 levels as a bonus.
Martin received a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh, so Toronto will forfeit a first round draft pick for signing Martin.