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Yankees “have expressed interest” in re-signing Russell Martin

Nov 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis Reuters

Russell Martin‘s agent, Matt Colleran, told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he’s “had some initial conversations” with the Yankees and “they’ve expressed interest in bringing him back.”

Martin had an odd two-year run with the Yankees, staying healthy and showing more power than ever before, but hitting just .224 in 258 games after batting .272 in 667 games for the Dodgers.

His overall production was above average for catchers with a .723 OPS and Martin did a solid job throwing out runners, so it makes sense that the Yankees would be interested in bringing the 30-year-old free agent back while waiting for their catching prospects to develop further in the minors.

Martin and the Yankees were reportedly close to finalizing a multi-year contract extension prior to spring training, but talks fell apart and he played out the contract while earning $7.5 million.

  1. willclarkgameface - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I don’t much care for the conversation of offensive numbers when it comes to catchers because most are just as bad as the pitchers they catch.

    Can he keep the running game in check? Can he call a decent game? Is he the general they need on the field when Jeter is DHing?

    I’ll say yes to all of these.

    Sign him to a one year $8.75 million deal.

  2. randygnyc - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    The day after the Yankees lost in the ALCS, Cashman effusively praised Martin, repeating several times how much he personally liked Martin and his game. That they will make an honest effort to resign him is no surprise.

  3. jckid21 - Nov 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    1 year deal. That’s about it.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I’d be more interested if he didn’t try to hit a HR every time he went up to the plate.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Yep. He should bunt.

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