This is not exactly news, but the Yankees have officially reached out to the agent of free agent catcher Russell Martin and expressed interest in the defensive minded catcher, according to Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News.
“We’ve had some initial conversations and they’ve expressed interest in bringing him back, but nothing substantial to date other than that,” Matt Colleran, Martin’s rep, told McCarron. “The organization, he loves it, working with the staff, manager, coaches and players. It was all very positive. We’ll see what happens as we move along here.”
Martin is coming off a one-year $7.5 million deal and is hitting free agency for the second time in his career. The Yankees had briefly discussed a three-year, $20 million contract extension last season, but Martin rejected it.
Obviously Martin wanted more money, but there is some question as to whether he’ll get it after hitting under .200 for more than five months out of the year. A hot Sept. and a weak catching market will probably bail him out and he’ll probably be able to nab a solid multi-year deal even if it doesn’t come from the Yankees.