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Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro.

According to Gordon Edes of the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was non-tendered last week when the Dodgers balked at his request for $5 million in guaranteed money coming off a fractured hip that sidelined him for much of this year.

Boston already has Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate, but at his healthy, productive best Martin was an upgrade over both of them and also has the defensive versatility to play elsewhere if needed. Of course, whether his bat would make him an asset elsewhere at this point is another question.

It’ll be interesting to see if whichever team signs Martin does so while getting a club option for 2012, as that could be the real value if his recovery from the hip injury sidelines him for part of 2011 or leaves him at less than full strength initially when he does return.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    If I’m Martin, the Red Sox look like the best option.

    The Yankees are practically obligated to play Posada at catcher and they’ve already got some solid backups in waiting.

    The Blue Jays appear committed to JP Arencibia and just picked up Jose Molina’s option to be his caddy this year.

    The Red Sox brought back Jason Varitek, likely in a panic, and have Jarrod Saltalamacchia who has yet to live up to his potential as the other option in an unimposing timeshare situation.

    Plus, there is no better place to make your bat look imposing again on a one-year deal than Fenway Park. Martin can ping doubles off the Monster all summer long.

    • iamthedoublestandard - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM

      Incorrectomundo Mr. Graves. Yanks have already had ‘the talk’ with Posada about him being the primary DH.

  2. Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I guess they would want Posada as the DH, Montero as the C, and Martin as the backup C? (And fulltime C if Montero can’t field the position?)

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