Martin’s rep, Matt Colleran, says the talks have been positive so far.
“The organization, he loves it, working with the staff, manager, coaches and players. It was all very positive. We’ll see what happens as we move along here.”
Martin, who turns 30 in February, had an odd 2012. He started off abysmally, picked things up in the second half – especially in September – and then he caught what was ailing the rest of the Yankee offense in the playoffs and only batted .161.
He finished 2012 with a .211 batting average and a .311 OBP but he hit a career-high 21 home runs. Martin’s career line is .260/.352/.399/.751 with 93 home runs and 418 RBI.
Making Martin’s 2012 especially odd was that he was healthy all year. There were no nagging injuries to explain his drop in batting average – his average was below .200 as late as early September.
What I haven’t seen discussed in all of the Martin talk from this morning was how his re-signing with the Yankees could make Hiroki Kuroda‘s decision to stay in New York a sure thing. They work well together, they’re familiar with each other and I think signing Martin should be a no-brainer.
So get this done, Cashman. Bring ‘Russell’s muscle’ back into the fold in 2013.