A two-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner, [Russell Martin] slipped offensively the last two seasons. He feels a new workout regimen will greatly benefit his hitting.
“I’m probably going to be in the best shape of my life going into spring training,” said Martin.
Every year a bunch of these stories pop up. In fact, just yesterday CC Sabathia was talking about losing 15 pounds and that he was trying to lose 15 more before the season starts. It seems a bit premature to start talking about this now with the season so far away.
But Martin was once one of the top catchers in baseball. He has fallen off in the past couple of years to the point where the Dodgers non-tendered him. He has something to prove. So maybe this talk is real and he’ll come back in 2011 stronger than ever. If that’s the case then the Yankees may have gotten a really good deal in signing him for about $4 million.
So what do you think? Is this another cliche? Or should we really expect Martin to show up this season with a vengence?