Russell Martin has been a popular guy in such a thin catchers market this offseason, but the Yankees haven’t turned their attention to him yet as they are trying to lock down their pitching first and he seems more than willing to wait for them.
“They’ve been dragging their feet,’’ an industry source told George King of the NY Post. “People believe he really wants to stay with the Yankees and the Yankees don’t have anybody in-house to replace him.”
For now the Yankees focus has been on re-signing Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. The expectation is that they will turn to Martin after that. He’s coming off a one-year, $7.5 million deal and the Yankees declined to offer him a $13.3 million qualifying offer. Last offseason the Yankees offered him a three-year, $20 million contract extension and he turned it down.
The expectation is that he’ll land a deal in the three-year, $24-$30 million range this offseason. My guess is that he could top that if he was looking to chase every last dollar. However, it sounds like he might be willing to take a deal in that range to stay with the Yankees.
The Yankees have been shy about offering multi-year deal to people this offseason and even missed out on signing Torii Hunter for that reason. They are expected to make an exception for Martin though, but will draw the line if a bidding war drives his price tag way up.