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 and played solid defense, putting himself near the top in caught-stealing percentage. Martin’s exit leaves an obvious hole for the Yankees behind the plate. It was speculated that ultimately the Yankees would resign Martin, as they originally had talks for an extension last spring.
A few days ago, it was reported that Martin was seeking a two-year deal, something the Yankees probably wouldn’t agree to. That is why it comes as a surprise that Martin took a two-year deal. The Yankees obviously thought that $17 million was too expensive.
Now New York must turn their attention to behind the plate, with th...