Teams that are looking for catching help in the free agent market could turn toward Russell Martin for help, but Baseball Canada might consider him as their next shortstop in the World Baseball Classic.
Apparently Canada already has a potential catcher in George Kottaras, but it doesn’t have a shortstop which is where Martin comes in. He’s informed Canada’s head coach Greg Hamilton that he’s ready, willing, and able to play shortstop in the WBC, according to David Waldstein of the NY Times.
“If it’s something that would help the team, I am willing to do it,” Martin told Waldstein. “I told Greg I want to do it, and he said he’s open to it.”
Martin has never played shortstop as a professional, but he did play both short and third in high school and college and has even played short for Baseball Canada’s teams in the past. He does have 15 games experience at third base in the majors and one game at second base too.
“It’s my most natural position,” Martin said.
It’s possible that the Yankees, if he were to re-sign, would have some issue with him playing a position he’s not used to. If anything, though, they might not want him to play in the infield because it wouldn’t properly prepare him for the upcoming season since most players in the WBC will miss a chunk of spring training to participate.