A little less than a year ago, I crowd sourced a possible contract extension for catcher Russell Martin. Obviously, no such extension was offered or signed. Now, though, Martin is a free agent, probably the best free agent catcher on the market. The Yankees have seemed to like Martin in his two years in the Bronx and I’d bet a reunion is a pretty solid possibility.
Now that we’ve had a year of Martin, and up and down one at best and a bad one at worst, what do you think Martin can and will fetch? Use the comments to discuss. As for me, I think Martin will get a three year contract worth somewhere in the 8-10 million dollar range. And that’s just fine with me. Martin isn’t the strongest hitter in the world, but he hits just fine for a catcher and draws plenty of walks and has a good deal of pop. He also plays fine defense and seems to have a good rapport with all the pitchers.
We should note, tough, that the leverage in this situation is most definitely skewed in Martin’s favor. Everyone could use a catcher like Martin and the Yankees are definitely going to be desperate for a catcher. Austin Romine had a completely lost year; Francisco Cervelli isn’t any good and neither are Chris Stewart or Eli Whiteside. Without Jesus Montero in the picture and Gary Sanchez way too far away to even think about MLB in 2013, Martin is the best possible option for the Yankees.