Thoughts about Martin
This is from an article on ESPN New York by Andrew Marchand. My thoughts are in blue.
With the sides too far apart, the agent for Russell Martin, Matt Colleran and Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke on Friday and decided to table talks until after the season.
This has to be the best decision for the Yankees being that what happens if Martin breaks down like he has done in previous seasons with injuries. Martin did come into spring training in great shape as he worked out MMA style in the off-season.
Cashman said the two sides “mutually agreed to wait,” after Colleran called on Friday.
I don’t see it as two sides when other sources reported that the Yankees did not offer the money that Martin wanted in a three year deal.
“It was a good conversation,” Colleran said Friday evening. “By the end of it, we were on the same page.”
Martin can become a free agent at the end of the season. Prior to agreeing on a one-year, $7.5 million deal before going to arbitration, Cashman had put forth the idea of a three-year contract that would have included this season.
With the 2014 season getting closer why add a contract like this when we can wait a year to see how Romine does in AAA to see if he could be a cheaper option. That money saved could go to another bat or some pitching.
On Thursday, Colleran told ESPNNewYork.com he planned to present Cashman a counter proposal that could serve to rip up this year’s deal.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted the Yankees were only prepared to go to three years and $20 million.
Martin will likely seek $8-$10 million per year and will have more negotiating leverage with a big season and the specter of free agency.
Or he could have less leverage with an injured plagued season. Other catchers to note that will be free agents that the Yankee could look to are Yadier Molina, Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero (my personal choice), and others with club options are Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and Miguel Olivo. So the choices are plenty. What do you think the Yankees should do? Vote in the poll below.