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Neal Huntington, general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, had gathered his front office staff last fall to discuss the team’s options for the 2013 season. A team with a $70 million payroll cap.
Mike Fitzgerald, though, was forthright in making a pitch for free agent catcher Russell Martin, who was expected to command a higher contract than what the Pirates might normally take on.
“We are encouraged to ‘pound the table’ for someone or something we firmly believe in,” said Fitzgerald, a 24-year-old Wilmington native who is in his second season working as a quantitative analyst for the Pirates.
The Pirates landed Martin with a two-year, $17 million deal, thanks to the input from Fitzgerald, a Malden Catholic graduate who was a Math major at MIT.