Well now what?

Sadly, Russell Martin’s tenure as a New York Yankee is over. The Russ Bus has pulled out of the Bronx and will make port in Pittsburgh now after Martin reached a deal with the Pirates last night. This leaves the Yankees with few options in the catching department and I, frankly, have no idea what they’ll do. I would think that not signing Martin means they won’t sign A.J. Pierzynski. Everything was set for a Martin/Yankees reunion. His price would be reasonable and the Yankees needed a catcher. But, that didn’t happen for whatever reason. Either the Yankees didn’t like Continue reading Well now what?

Pirates Reach Agreement With Russell Martin

Goodbye Russell Martin. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have agreed to signMartin. Although the catcher had a weak defensive and offensive year, his pitch framing has always been regarded as top-tier. There are few other options the Yankees have at catcher now, so it’ll be interesting to see what the team does. The Yankees budget may have had something to do with failing to re-sign Martin, but perhaps the team has a better player in sight. Last week I suggested that the Yankees target Geovany Soto as a possible right handed DH and backup catcher. Though the once rookie Continue reading Pirates Reach Agreement With Russell Martin

Russell Martin Joins The Waiting Game

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Well it looks like Ichiro isn’t alone in holding out for the tall, handsome Yankees to ask him to dance before settling on another suitor.  George King of The Post had the deets on Russell Martin also being sweet on the Yankees and reportedly being willing to wait his turn for a contract offer while they sort through things with Mo and Andy before pursuing other options. This is an interesting situation for both Martin and the Yankees.  On the one hand, Martin is coming off a 1-year deal where Continue reading Russell Martin Joins The Waiting Game

Russell’s contract

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 Continue reading Russell’s contract

A.J. the Alternative

I’m on the record, multiple times, as saying Russell Martin is going to be the Yankees’ starting catcher for 2013. Not only do I think that’s going to happen, but I also think it’s the best possible thing for the Yankees. The other catching options aren’t all that appetizing and one of them, David Ross, is already off the market; he signed with the Red Sox last week. Despite my desire for Martin, I think it’s worth while to check out at least one alternative, and that’s A.J. Pierzynski. He’s been a topic of conversation in the comments of some Continue reading A.J. the Alternative

Re-Signing Russ Is The Right Move

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) It could be a lot different.  Russell Martin could be kicking back right now recuperating from the long season and waiting to enter the second year of a 3-year contract.  But he chose to decline the Yankees’ offer before this season and took the plunge on another 1-year deal.  That plan backfired a little bit on him, as Martin’s .211/.311/.403 batting this season didn’t do a lot to help his negotiating leverage this offseason.  But Martin is a known commodity in the Yankee organization, and a valued on at that, Continue reading Re-Signing Russ Is The Right Move

Is David Ross A Better Option Than Russell Martin?

What could be arguably the most important position in baseball, hasn’t been a concern for the Yankees over the last 14 years. Jorge Posada might not have been the greatest defensive catcher of his time, but he made up for it with an incredible bat. With the Posada era coming to an end, the Yankees prepared themselves well for the next phase. But even with a rich depth in catching prospects, and an advanced take at catcher’s value, the Yankees are somehow left without a legitimate option at catcher this offseason. Russell Martin is not Jorge Posada. He will never Continue reading Is David Ross A Better Option Than Russell Martin?

Martin Poised For A Rebound… Eventually

When there’s pitching, there’s no hitting, and when there’s hitting, there’s no pitching. This best summarizes the Yankees 6-12 record since landing in Oakland on July 19th. While it’s clear that Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano have started to hit over the last week, Russell Martin has quietly increased his batting average from .184 to .194. Since mid-July, the catcher has bumped his batting average from .176 to .194, and over the last ten games, he’s 9 for 32 (.281 BA) with 6 walks (.395 OBP) and 2 homeruns. As silly as it sounds, the player who’s been under the Continue reading Martin Poised For A Rebound… Eventually

Catching the Future Part Two

The catching situation for the Yankees is bleak. Russell Martin? Struggling. Chris Stewart? Not good. Austin Romine? Injured. Francisco Cervelli? Also playing poorly. For a more detailed breakdown, check out this post by Mike over at RAB. The one person who’s happiest about this has to be Russell Martin. Why? Because this situation bodes well for Martin’s return to pinstripes in 2013. First let’s review Russell’s season a bit. His batting line sits at an inexcusably bad .179/.300/.348. That grades out to a .293 wOBA and a 79 wRC+. The only catcher with all around worse numbers is (brace yourselves) Continue reading Catching the Future Part Two