Red Sox vs the AL East: catchers

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Nov 20, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin puts on his new cap and jersey after being introduced at a press conference at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

1. Russell Martin, Blue Jays

One of this offseason’s biggest prizes on the free agent market, Martin eventually landed in Toronto with a 5 year/$82M pact. In his best season since 2007, Martin slashed .290/.402/.430 in 111 games for the Pirates, also playing phenomenal defense. Chances are that Martin won’t repeat that success in the 2015 season, as his .336 BABIP was well above his career mark of .289, but he won’t need to hit .290 to be an excellent option behind the plate for the Jays. Martin walks at such a high rate and plays such excellent defense, as well as bringing some power to the table, that he probably has both the highest floor and highest ceiling of any catcher in the division.