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Russell Martin signed with Yankees for lower base salary than he turned down from Dodgers

Dec 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Russell Martin

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the details of Russell Martin’s one-year contract with the Yankees. He’ll earn $4 million in base salary, which is less guaranteed money than he turned down from the Dodgers prior to being non-tendered.

Los Angeles reportedly offered him $4.2 million upfront and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, while Martin is said to have insisted on at least $5 million guaranteed.

There’s no word yet on if his deal with the Yankees includes more than $1.5 million in incentives, but either Martin simply wanted a fresh start after five seasons with the Dodgers or he miscalculated his market value coming off a fractured hip and back-to-back down years.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Or he was afraid that Donnie Baseball would have him switch hit during one at bat.

  2. Joe - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    It’s usually the second one.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

      Easy enough to misjudge the marketplace with the all the $$$ talk. Keep on drinking the kool-aid.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Weren’t the Dodgers going to use him as a sub at C/3B/1B? I can imaging a starting catcher gig sounds a lot better…

  4. Old Gator - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    I haven’t been following the Borg closely since Lee blew them off – what reason would there be to pay attention to them now? – but what are they going to do with Polenta next season after all those years of yeoman servitude?

    Anyway, I think that after all those injuries, not all reported, Martin was just frightened of another year as Jamie’s boy toy – especially now that she would own half his ass on paper too.

  5. Detroit Michael - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I know it’s fun to play “the Jody Reed game” and everything, but perhaps let’s point out that his contract might indicate that the Dodgers didn’t estimate correctly what Martin’s market value was either when they made the offer.

    • Joe - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

      Yet Martin is still in the wrong, because if he had correctly estimated his own MV, he would have known the Dodger’s offer was too high, and he would have jumped on it.

      Am I posting on the Russell Martin thread for a second time today? I must have work I could be doing…

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