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Yanks make offer to Russell Martin, want him as a starter

Dec 9, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin hits an RBI double to score Casey Blake against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

The hot stove has been set to a low setting as the baseball world migrates back from the Winter Meetings in Olrando, Florida.  But at least one free agent is still feeling the heat.

Aaron told you a few hours ago that the Red Sox had made an official contract offer to catcher Russell Martin.  According to George King III of the New York Post, the Yankees have now done the same and want to make him their starting catcher.

Martin would probably have to battle for playing time in Boston with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek.  In New York he’d have a better shot at starting every day while Jesus Montero continues to marinate in the minor leagues and Jorge Posada takes most of his at-bats out of the DH role.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing that the Red Sox are the favorite to land Martin, but he might be attracted to the more frequent looks that the Yanks can provide.  Especially if he has real plans to turn his career around.  Remember, this is the same guy that was handed All-Star nods in his sophomore and junior MLB seasons before a hip injury threw everything off.

  1. bigharold - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Ciao Francisco! Too bad I really liked your energy .

  2. aburns77 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    this is news to me regarding making martin a starter, i like martin a lot and i think he can be a valuable guy on the yankees, however i think letting him start the whole season while montero wastes away in AAA seems foolish, unless he’s really not ready.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    My guess if the Yankees do sign him. Montero gets brought along slowly this coming season. Martin gets most of the starts, Posada spells him this season. Montero will get a fair amount of playing time when the rosters expand in September. Posada’s gone after the 2011 season. Then the catching position becomes a lot more clear. Montero will probably be catching the majority of time in 2012 and Martin primarily backup. Just my thoughts on the situation. Plus like this the Yankees save all of Posada’s salary come 2012.

  4. jfk69 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Excellent…Truth be known…Momtero could really use a full sason in triple a and the bonus is you keep him away from Posada teaching him any of his so called catching skills.
    We don’t need another Joba flameout or using Montero based on need. The position is hard enough as it is.

    • pisano - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

      Great post, makes all the sense in the world. Speaking of Joba, the Yankees need to find a trading partner for him, they’ve carried him long enough.

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