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Russell Martin is a travelin’ man

Nov 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Much like fellow free agent Mike Napoli, Russell Martin is staying busy on the road as he tries to land his next contract.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told by Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran, that the free agent catcher recently visited “multiple cities” to see if they would be the right fit. Colleran declined to say where he went, so they are nothing more than “mystery cities” for now, but Marchand was told by a source earlier this month that the Rangers, Mariners, Pirates and Red Sox had expressed interest.

The Yankees remain in the hunt for Martin and appear willing to give him a multi-year contract. Colleran said there’s no timetable on a decision, but that he could sign before the Winter Meetings begin next Monday. The Yankees are considering A.J. Pierzynski as a potential fallback option, but aren’t involved on Napoli.

Martin, who turns 30 in February, batted .211/.311/.403 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI and a .713 OPS this past season.

  1. pisano - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    He’s good behind the plate, but that .211 BA won’t be all that hard to replace, that being said, I think if he moves on the Yankees won’t lose much sleep over it.

    • protius - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      Pittsburgh would be a nice fit for Russell. His experience and leadership skills would go a long way there.

      He played well for the Yankees and I wish him the best of luck in his career going forward.

  2. drunkenhooliganism - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Las Vegas, Tacoma, Toledo, Buffalo all seem to be a good fit for him

  3. badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Off to Japan. Sayonara

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