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Blue Jays GM calls Martin 'key to our offseason'

TORONTO (AP) In his pursuit of Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his intentions clear in a message to the free-agent catcher's representative.

"At one point I mentioned to the agent, `Just so you know. I'm signing the player,'" a smiling Anthopoulos remembered telling Matt Colleran. "Obviously, that wasn't to be arrogant or cocky. I felt we wanted him more than anybody else. We just put so much time into this. He's the key to our offseason, and he's someone that we really wanted to have."

Anthopoulos added a fifth guaranteed season in the final hour of negotiations and reached an $82 million, five-year contract. The three-time All-Star will earn $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons.

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Leaders
AVG: M. Cabrera.301
HR: J. Bautista35
RBI: J. Bautista103
SB: J. Reyes30
W: R. Dickey14
ERA: M. Buehrle3.39
Saves: C. Janssen25
K: D. Hutchison184
AL East
TeamWLPctGB
X-Baltimore 9666.593-
NY Yankees 8478.51912
Toronto 8379.51213
Tampa Bay 7785.47519
Boston 7191.43825
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .259 (6)
Runs: 723 (5)
Hits: 1435 (7)
Home Runs: 177 (3)
Stolen Bases: 78 (23)
OBP: .323 (6)
SLG: .414 (4)
Total Bases: 2296 (4)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.00 (22)
Runs Allowed: 686 (20)
Saves: 45 (11)
Strikeouts: 1199 (22)
OpBA: .253 (21)
OBP: .318 (18)
SLG: .407 (25)
Run Support: 4.51 (4)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/18 B. Lincoln Signed to a Minor League Contract
11/18 R. Martin Signed as Free Agent ( 2015-2019)(five-year contract)
11/1 A. Dirks Removed From 60-Day DL (Microdiscectomy surgery)
11/1 M. Estrada Traded Milwaukee (for 1B Adam Lind)
11/1 M. Izturis Removed From 60-Day DL (Left knee surgery - out 4-6 months)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/6 M. Cabrera off 60-day DL
9/5 C. Jenkins off 60-day DL
8/6 B. Lawrie off 60-day DL
7/31 D. Johnson off 15-day DL
7/21 J. Mayberry off 15-day DL
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