The Toronto Blue Jays officially confirmed on Tuesday that they have signed catcher Russell Martin to a new long-term deal.
The news first broke on Monday that the American League club had signed the Canadian free agent to a five-year contract worth $82-million (U.S.). As part of the deal, Martin will make a donation to the Jays Care Foundation on an annual basis.
Martin, 31, hit .290 last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 67 runs batted in in 111 games with an on-base percentage of .402. The 5-10, 205-pound right-handed hitter threw out 28 of 87 (32.2 per cent) base-stealers last season.
Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, Russell has a career batting average of .268 over nine seasons in Major League Baseball.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Martin will earn $7-million for the 2015 season before his salary escalates to $15-million in 2016. Martin will earn $20-million in each of the final three seasons of the pact.
The Blue Jays are planning to formally introduce Martin during a news conference on Thursday.