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Russell Martin expects to be back with the Yankees in 2012

Oct 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Russell Martin signed with the Yankees as a free agent last offseason, but he remains arbitration eligible for 2012 and because of that the All-Star catcher said yesterday that he expects to be back in New York next season.

“So either I’ll get offered a contract or I won’t get offered a contract,” Martin told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. “It is the same situation I was in with the Dodgers last year. Now, it is up to the Yankees to make a decision. For me, I would like nothing more than to be here.”

Whereas the Dodgers non-tendered Martin following a career-worst, injury wrecked season, the Yankees will almost surely retain him for what will likely be around $6 million.

Martin’s overall numbers were mediocre and he cracked a .700 OPS in just two months, but for a one-year commitment at a hard-to-fill position he certainly makes sense after hitting .237 with 18 homers in 125 games. Among the 26 catchers to bat at least 300 times this season Martin ranked 14th in OPS and also threw out 30 percent of steal attempts.

  1. uyf1950 - Oct 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    I do think the Yankees offer him a contract and they agree on a salary of about $6M (a $2M increase over his 2011 salary). Then come 2013 if Romine isn’t traded he will become the full time Yankees catcher. I don’t see the Yankees turning over the full time catching duties to Montero.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Is Montero ready to be an every day catcher. We know that Montero can hit, but how good a catcher is he? If the Yankees think that Montero can be an everyday catcher, Martin will have no trouble finding another team.

    • yankeesfanlen - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      At this point, I don’t even think Montero is being considered. Romine, maybe, but as ufy points out, not til ’13.
      Martin’s our guy now.

      • Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        uyf . . . and gary sanchez may also be available by 2013

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Cue the “Every post is about the Yankees or Red Sox” lunatic…

    • thefrenchyconnection - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Well to be fair there has only been a 2:1 (Big Three:Rest of League) ratio today

    • bigharold - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      “Cue the “Every post is about the Yankees or Red Sox” lunatic…”

      You say that like it’s a bad thing. They do call it the Yankee Universe after all!

  4. Brian Donohue - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Makes sense. Sure his numbers weren’t amazing, but he was coming off a serious injury and changing leagues, that’s a pretty big deal, esp. for a C. So the likelihood is he’ll get better, and the Yanx need stability behind the plate because who knows what’s going to happen 60 feet away from it? That’s where all their questions lie.

  5. cowboysoldiertx - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Martin with Romine backing up is what we will see in 2012.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Yes please.

    Martin as C, Montero as DH/Backup catcher. I think they need to give The Saviour every opportunity to succeed as a catcher in the bigs. If he can be decent but unspectacular behind the plate (think Napoli/Posada) with his bat, that would be a huge boost for the team.

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Agreed. montero’s future needs to be behind the plate with his bayt so the Yanks can go get a major full time DH. No more of this DH rotation to give guts a day off.

      put montero behind the play and pay prince fielder 17 million a year to be a full time dh. He can spell Tex at first from time to time.

      Until they get their pitching settled they still need as much offense as possible and they don’t gave a dedicated DH.

  7. lukeslice - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    You’re all loons if you think the Yanks sign Pujols/Fielder to DH…they NEED that DH spot for Montero full time then occasional half days for A-Rod and Jeter esp but also Grandy/Cano/Tex/Swish/whoever. Nunez will play all over the field (including OF) next year.

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Keeping the DH slot open is a problem for the Yanks

  8. spudchukar - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Look for the Yanks to be pushing MLB for a second DH rule change. I mean who wants to see an over-the -hill light-hitting SS bat anyway.

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