Russell Martin is moving from backstop to shortstop.
The former Yankees catcher who signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason is preparing to play shortstop for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, according to a report from Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.
"It's hilarious, the reactions I get," Martin told Morosi at the Pirates' spring training complex on Monday. "It's like, 'this guy's a catcher. He wants to play shortstop.'"
The three-time All-Star has logged 925 games in his seven-year major league career, but none have come as a shortstop. Martin does have experience playing the infield, though. He spent a season in the minors as an everyday third baseman and played 11 games at third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin, expects to play shortstop for Canada in WBC
New York Daily News | Feb 19