In the last week we heard rumors that the Yankees were discussing a multi-year extension with Russell Martin, which would have kept the 29-year old Martin in pinstripes for the next 3 years. Ultimately, no agreement was reached, and instead Martin will play out 2012 for his agreed-upon 1-year salary. It sounds like there is mutual desire to keep Martin in New York, but it doesn’t sound like the two parties saw eye-to-eye on the finances.
The topic of extending Martin has been discussed on this blog and elsewhere, with mixed opinions. Those in favor have argued that Martin is likely to become much more expensive if he hits the free agent market, and that the Yankees likely won’t have a viable replacement available next year. Those opposed have pointed to Martin’s injury history as cause for concern, as well as the possible availability of better catchers (Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero, Yadier Molina) hitting the market in the same year.… Click here to read the rest