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Red Sox Reportedly Making 'Strong Push' For Catcher Russell Martin

According to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, the Boston Red Sox are making a "strong push" for free agent catcher Russell Martin. Buster Olney reported earlier on Wednesday that negotiations with Martin "have reached the point where teams are making offers to his agent" as the market for him intensifies.

Martin, who will turn 28 years old in February, hit .248/.347/.332 in just 97 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers; he tore the labrum in his hip in August, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Because of those injury concerns, the Dodgers opted not to tender him (while discussing a trade with the New York Yankees), allowing him to become a free agent. The Sox have Martin's medical reports. 

Boston has has a pair of catchers on their roster currently: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has played just a total of 157 games at the major league level the past three season (including just 12 in 2010), and Jason Varitek, who turns 39 in April.