Yankees May Sign Martin to Multi-Year Deal

Via Dan Martin and George King of the NY Post:

The 28-year-old [Russell Martin] is arbitration-eligible and stands to get a hefty raise to about $7 million, but Cashman wouldn’t rule out signing him to a multi-year deal.

“I think [his success] provides the flexibility to do either,” Cashman said of Martin, who hit .237 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs — and whom the GM credited with the pitching staff having a better season than many expected. “We are deep catching-wise … so we can go a number of different routes there. The depth of this franchise allows us if we want to put all our eggs in the Russell Martin basket, maybe we can have a conversation there, too.”

The Yankees have quite a bit of options when it comes to the catcher position. They’ll have Martin as the starting catcher next year and they have Jesus Montero and Francisco Cervelli in the mix to serve as the backup. They also have Austin Romine starting the year at Triple-A and if he is not major league ready right now, he will be a year from now. Behind all of them, still a few years down the road, they have Gary Sanchez as well.

This leaves them open to do a number of things. I think circumstances will be the biggest dictator of what will happen though. Can they trade Cervelli? What about Romine? Will somebody blow them away for an offer for Montero? Will Martin qualify as a Type-A free agent at the end of the year? And of course, significant injuries could play a role in this.

Martin is unlikely to be extended until his contract is up, as per the Yankees policy. So unless there is a trade this offseason they’ll probably go into next year with Martin starting and Cervelli and Montero as the backup. A trade is likely though, at least to dump Cervelli. That way there isn’t anybody to block Romine’s development.

Romine could be the key to all of this after all. He was once regarded as one of the best prospects in the game, but has since taken some small steps back. If he can put together a big offensive year in 2012, he would certainly make the Yankees think twice about giving Martin a multi-year deal. Or it could just make it easier to trade Romine.

Or Cashman could simply by trying to build up Martin’s trade value and he could be the one who is headed out the door. It’s all hard to gauge right now because the Yankees have so many options.

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6 Responses to Yankees May Sign Martin to Multi-Year Deal

  1. Frank Spero says:

    about time they did someting right

  2. shavager says:

    Martin's definitely the starter, Cervelli is a sparkplug at backup but does not have the bat that Montero does. Montero does not look like the catcher of the future for Yankees, too big to last many seasons behind the plate. Wouldn't be surprised to see Montero at DH most of season if Cervelli can't be traded. Martin has proved his quality behind the plate, hope Yankees can sign him for at least 3 more years.

  3. Henry says:

    Signing him to multi year contract would be wise if they trade Romine. They won't trade Montero because he is such a good hitter that he would catch for most major league teams and his hitting more than makes up for any defensive weaknesses.

  4. Bronx_Knight says:

    Trade Cervelli; start Martin; Montero as backup. Hopefully in 2013 we can start Montero. Shades of Girardi and Posada — Posada was a poor defensive catcher, especially early on, but switch-hitting catchers with power are hard to come by. So Girardi mentored him for two years and turned him into at least a serviceable defensive catcher. Pretty much the same idea with Montero and Martin.

  5. Errol Grant says:

    The Yankee needs some one like martin for next two years when the other guys would be ready.It is time that Cashman used some of the lesson he had received from the Boss George.(+).Dreamers are sleepers,and sleepers are loosers,so go with Martin and don,t sleep out there ,because there are others that want him too.Red Sox,is on the hunt,because time is running out on Varitek.So be smart.