It looks like the Yankees are going to need a new catcher this offseason as Russell Martin has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pirates worth $17 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and David Waldstein of the New York Times.
The Yankees were apparently discussing terms with Martin in the two-year, $12-$14 million range, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported. Martin said that he liked New York, but that the Yankees told him they didn’t have the cash to match their offer, according to Waldstein.
Let me write that again so it can sink in, the Yankees didn’t have the cash to match a two-year, $17 million offer.
Now Martin earned $7.5 million this season and the Yankees apparently were willing to offer him only $14 million next year. So they were actually looking for him to take a pay cut. Talk about low balling.
And let’s get this straight, if the Yankees actually told Martin they didn’t have the cash to match the Pirates offer that’s a flat out lie. They absolutely have the cash, they just choose not to spent the money. It’s one thing if they are looking to trim payroll, it’s been bloated for a long time anyway, but if they’re going to start walking around saying they don’t have the cash for this and that they must think we’re stupid.
So the Yankees will now head to the Winter Meetings looking to add a catcher and a right fielder. And if they don’t even have $17 million to spend that means that it’s either A.J. Pierzynski and Ichiro Suzuki or Cashman has got a plan up his ass that he’s going to blow us all away with. Have to say, this is not very encouraging.