Earlier this morning, I passed along a quote from Yankees GM Brian Cashman about him having a strong preference against, but willing to hand out multi-year offers. Which is a good thing if they want to re-sign catcher Russell Martin because he is looking for a three-year deal, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Martin is in discussions with the Yankees for a new contract, but he’s also been visiting other teams to gauge his own interest in them. His agent, Matt Colleran, said that only after Martin is done checking out what else is out there will contract negotiations really advance.
Martin, who will be 30 by the start of the next season, earned $7.5 million last season and hit .211/.311/.403 last season. The Yankees did offer him a three-year contract worth $20 million a year ago but he turned it down. He is expected to get a contract somewhere in the $24-$30 million range over three years. The Yankees did not offer him a qualifying offer which means he will not cost teams a draft pick if he signs with them.