This is not much of a surprise, but the latest trend in baseball is to lock up players before they hit the market so it’s not crazy to check in on this. As long as there are other options available on the market, I expect Brian Cashman to be patient. Something that is not hard to do when Martin is hitting just .160 with a .577 OPS (he has walked nine times in 10 games for a .417 OBP).
The Yankees and Martin had discussed a possible extension over the offseason, but talks were quickly tabled as the two sides were seen to be far apart. The Yankees were thinking something along the lines of three-year and $21 million, which was actually a pay decrease on an annual basis. It was expected that Martin might want around $30 million, but that might have changed since a couple of potential free agent catchers have come off the market.