Russell Martin ready to help Pirates

Updated: February 12, 2013, 2:40 PM ET
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Russell Martin spoke candidly about his decision to join the Pirates, claiming that Pittsburgh's two-year, $17 million contract offer was "hands-down" superior to any others on the open market.

After spending the past two years with the New York Yankees, Martin joined the Pirates in November. The veteran catcher worked out for the first time with his new teammates Tuesday in spring training camp.

"Pittsburgh had, hands-down, the best deal available," Martin said. "It was hard to decline ...

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