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Friday, January 16, 2009

Russell Martin Changes Agents, Seeks Long-Term Deal

Welcome news:
Russell Martin, who rebuffed the Dodgers' overtures about a long-term contract last winter, said Thursday he would like to explore such a deal this winter.

"I'm always interested in a long-term deal," Martin said. "Who wouldn't be?"

On the day the Dodgers formally released Andruw Jones, owners Frank and Jamie McCourt invited Martin to a private lunch here. Martin, an All-Star in each of the last two years, then joined the McCourts on a media tour of the Dodgers' new spring home.

Martin said the lunch was informal, and his contract status did not come up. He officially filed for salary arbitration Thursday -- as did Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier and Jason Repko -- and General Manager Ned Colletti said the Dodgers are "concentrating on a one-year [contract] at the moment."

But Martin, who has changed agents this winter, said he hoped to discuss a long-term extension as well.

"I just want to get treated fairly," he said. "I'm not trying to steal the bank."

The word is, "break".

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Rob, I thought the exact same thing when I read Russell's misspoken idiom. But then he tried to break a kiss from Alyssa Milano.
Maybe it's a Canadianism, eh?
Thank God. I'd rather see Snakeskin Boots lock-up Martin, Loney, Kemp and Billingsley into fair market, long-term deals than anything else.

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