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 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.


About Matthew S.

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Posted on February 25, 2012, in Personal Opinion and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ll have my extended thoughts on Martin later in the week, but it comes down to one factor – handling the pitching staff. Trust me, I’ll take a catcher who can hit 30 home runs any day, but in most cases, well, not since the 80s really could a player like that hit AND handle a pitching staff well.

    In all likelyhood the Yankees are either going to re-up with Martin or make Romine the starter. Martin can hit a little and handle a pitching staff terrifically, which will be huge when next year Banuelos and Betances should be ready to break camp. With Romine or any other internal options, they don’t have any real major league experience and either FA option would have to learn an entire staff over again, which we can see sometimes doesn’t work out.

    Martin in my opinion is devoted to keeping himself in shape and fingers crossed, don’t think the injury bug will bite him badly, if at all, in his tenure with the Yanks. Give him a 3 year extension and when he walks hopefully Romine is ready to become the starting catcher.

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