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New York Yankees
The New York Yankees watched Russell Martin sign a two year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, thus officially beginning their search for a new starting catcher. The Yankees have a few prospects in the minor leagues expected to handle the everyday duties behind the plate in the near future, including Austin Romine, but, as with Jesus Montero, New York appears in no rush to hurry them up to the big leagues.
As of now, that leaves the Yankees with Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli as the everyday catchers, which will not sit well with Brian Cashman or and of the Yankees’ brass.
New York will most likely go after another free agent catcher this offseason. Almost any of them will be able to replace Martin’s .211 batting average in 2012, but very few will be able to match his home run total or defensive prowess behind the plate.
One who may be able to come the closest, however, is A.J. Pierzynski, most recently of the Chicago White Sox. After having one of his best seasons in 2012, Pierzynski will look to cash in one more long term contract at the age of 35, especially as the White Sox shift more toward a youth movement. He would certainly fit in in the Yankees’ locker room, bringing a passion to the game and a fire to the clubhouse.
Defensively, Pierzynski may not be mentioned in the same category as someone such as Martin, but he is also nowhere near as poor behind the plate as some may lead you to think. He calls a good game and has worked well with some younger pitchers. Going to a staff with veterans including C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda may actually make his job much easier than it has been helping youngsters figure out how to pitch in the big leagues.
In the end, it will all boil down to how much Pierzynski is seeking, as well as how much the Yankees are willing to pay for a veteran catcher to bridge the gap while some of their top prospects are still learning the game at the minor league level. Martin signed for $17 million over the next two years in Pittsburgh. New York may be willing to give Pierzynski a similar type of deal, possibly even adding a third year, but they are not likely to go much beyond those numbers.
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Much of the deliberation over whether or not Russell Martin deserves the two-year, $17.5 million contract he pulled in from the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday will hinge on how his defense is viewed. Martin has been measured as a tremendous pitch framer, and for many that will be enough to put a notch in the team-friendly side for this contract. But what about his arm Martin threw...
Earlier today I wrote my “First Pitch” article, titled “Why the Pirates Shouldn’t Sign Russell Martin”. I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates’ situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17 M deal. Nothing really changed with my thoughts below, except for the fact that the move...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were reportedly hot in pursuit of former Yankees catcher Russell Martin, and for two years and $17 million, Martin is now a Pirate.
Martin, who will turn 30 this coming February, made $7.5 million with the Yankees this past season, his second with the club. In 133 games, he had 21 homers and a .211/.311/.403 line, providing 2.2 wins above replacement for...
A few updates on Russell Martin today.
**Yesterday we heard a report that the Pirates offered $25 M over three years. Later we heard that amount was high. George A. King III of The New York Post says that the Pirates offered two years initially, then moved to a three year, $22 M offer.
**Daniel Rathman of Baseball Prospectus looks at Russell Martin’s value (subscription required...
As you may have noticed, I (Jason) have been attempting to write more here on good ol' TPA. I owe Bill and Mike a lot and I haven't really been handling my obligations lately. Tonight, though, I had to spend five hours proofreading a book for my wife, so I was unable to write a blog post. What follows is the post that she wrote for me. (I'm not kidding.)
According to everyone on earth the Pirates have signed Russell Martin to a two year deal worth $17 million. The Pirates were rumored to be heavily interested in Martin and were said to have offered him three years earlier this week. It seems the fanbase is pretty split on this deal. Most of what I’ve [...]
The New York Yankees were in no hurry to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates swept in when they had the chance.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star, hoping he can give them some pop at the plate and respectable defense behind it.
The deal is pending a physical. The person...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington.
“With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire...
Russell Martin, le Bête Magnifique Quebecois -- is no longer a Yankee. The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star -- ripping him away from...
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After being a rock behind the plate for the Yankees for two seasons, Russell Martin has decided to leave for the Steel City. Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the story that Martin and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million.
In two seasons with the Yanks, Martin hit .224 with 39 homers and 118 RBIs. He also worked well with the rotation...
Source: #Pirates reach agreement with Russell Martin, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2012
After some talk about a three-year deal yesterday, it appears that the terms between the Pirates and Martin are two years and $17 million. I was really, really harsh on the idea of signing Martin yesterday, but both Martin and my main issues with signing...
As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical. We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.