Now that the New York Yankees former starting catcher and
reported offseason target Russell Martin has signed a contract with the
Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s not clear where the team will turn to find backstop
help this winter. While things can certainly change, the Yankees are currently
not in on free agent Mike Napoli, and veteran A.J. Pierzynski “is unlikely to
be the team’s next move,” according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.
The Yankees are not in on Napoli, and a source indicated
that Pierzynski is unlikely to be the team's next move.
Following the announcement of Martin’s two-year, $17 million
agreement with the Pirates, he told reporters that the Yankees let him know
that they wouldn’t be able to match Pittsburgh’s offer. In fact, New York didn’t
even make Martin an offer, as they reportedly haven’t extended any contracts to
position players yet this winter.
Now that the Yankees have lost out on Martin, it remains
unclear where they will turn for their next starting catcher. The only thing
that seems to be certain is that player doesn’t appear to be on their current
roster, as they currently have veteran backup Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli
and youngster Austin Romine under contract.
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