The Red Sox already have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway in place behind the plate next year, but that hasn’t stopped them from meeting to consider going after Russell Martin, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Honestly, I would be shocked if the Red Sox don’t at least kick the tires on Martin. It’s not like Salty or Larvarnway are significantly better than Martin anyway and this can do nothing but drive up his asking price — something the Yankees and Red Sox always do to each other.
The Yankees have made it no secret that they want Martin back, but GM Brian Cashman has warned that just because they want him back there is no guarantee they will get him back. There is a very thin free agent catching market this offseason and the only other catcher the Yankees are rumored to be interested in so far is former Braves backup David Ross.
The Yankees offered Martin a three-year, $20 million extension a year ago, but he rejected it. Then he hit under .200 for most of the season which might have hurt his chances at a bigger multi-year offer, but the catching market is so thin that he might get a contract that big or bigger anyway.