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Martin would consider extending stay with Pirates

| Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1:42 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Russell Martin takes the field during a game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 3, 2014, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Russell Martin watches his first homer of the spring during a game against the Rays at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Catcher Russell Martin is willing to consider a contract extension if the Pirates want to offer one.

“I'm open to listening to anything,” Martin said Thursday, adding there currently are no discussions about a new deal between his agent and the team.

Martin's two-year, $17 million contract is the most-expensive free-agent deal in Pirates history. When he signed in November 2012, Martin said he didn't necessarily want a longer contract so he could better position himself to re-enter the free-agent market.

Last season Martin, 31, batted .226 with a .703 on-base plus slugging percentage. He is considered one of the premier defensive catchers in the game.

This past winter the Pirates acquired veteran Chris Stewart, 32, to be Martin's backup. Stewart has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Tony Sanchez, 25, the Pirates' first-round pick in 2009, will open this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. Reese McGuire, 19, a first-rounder last year, is at least two years away from reaching the majors.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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