Rumor: Yankees and Russell Martin make progress in negotiations

The Yankees continued to negotiate with catcher Russell Martin over the weekend and the two sides, which were recently far apart on dollars, made progress even though Martin is also talking with at least one other team, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Matin may be in negotiations with only one other team, but he has visited multiple cities to guage his interest level his agent, Matt Colleran, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

“Everything is an ongoing conversation,” Colleran said. “Once Russell has all the information we will make a decision.”

The Yankees have resisted handing out mutli-year offers this offseason, but they appear to be willing to make an exception for Martin. After all, they love the defensive aspect that Martin brings to the team and they are stuck in a rough spot with no other quality catchers on the free agent market and no minor leaguers ready to take over regular duties.

Marchand listed the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Boston Red Sox as other teams that could possibly get into the mix.

Despite all the attention that Martin is getting it sounds like he wants to return to the Yankees as a Post report from over the weekend said that he was willing to wait out the Yankees who were seen as dragging their feet. That was before this report that they made progress in talks so things look good for his return.

The Yankees did come to terms to avoid arbitration with a potential backup catcher Eli Whiteside over the weekend and signed Eli Whiteside to a $650K deal, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

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