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The New York Yankees will need to act quick if they want to secure a quality catcher, considering the free agent market for catchers is relatively weak this offseason.
Yankees' free agent catcher Russell Martin could sign elsewhere if the Yankees fall asleep. He has drawn interest from a half dozen teams, especially the Texas Rangers who are looking to improve defensively behind the plate.
According to Bob Nightengale via Twitter, the Yankees are considering Mike Napoli if Martin leaves.
Mike Napoli, the Texas #Rangers free-agent catcher, is drawing interest from the New York #Yankees
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 12, 2012
Napoli hit .227 average, 27HRs and 54RBIs in 108 games. His salary for last season was $9.4 million, roughly two million more than Martin. Not a good sign, considering Cashman's desire to stay below budget.
Offensively, Martin and Napoli are a wash but defensively it's a different story. Martin is much better defensively behind the plate throwing out 30 percent would-be-base-stealers compared to Napoli's 24 percent. He's also more durable behind the plate.
He started 116 games and logged more than 1000 innings behind the plate for the Yankees, while Napoli only started 69 games..
Looking at what's available, the Yankees' best bet is to resign Martin.
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The New York Yankees enter this off-season with so many questions that when I started mulling over the issues as a whole it actually is pretty discouraging.
English: Hal Steinbrenner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So to say that GM Brian Cashman has his work cut out for him might be the understatement of the century.
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New York Yankees' free agent catcher Russell Martin could be headed west to the Texas Ranger.
According to Buster Olney's tweet, the Rangers are considering Yankees free agent Martin as an option behind home plate.
Russell,29, hit .211 average, 21 HRs and 53 RBIs last season for the Yankees but struggled...
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While the New York Yankees saw free agent outfielder Torii
Hunter, who signed with the Detroit Tigers yesterday, as a good fit, their
focus at this point is on re-signing right-handers Hiroki Kuroda and Mariano
Rivera, reports Erik Boland of Newsday.
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The top minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees is looking to northeastern Pennsylvania's history for its new identity.
After spending all of last season as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the club renamed itself the RailRiders on Wednesday in a nod to the region's railroading history.
The new logo features a porcupine mascot in navy and gold with maroon lettering...
The new logo for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Photo: MiLB.com)
One of the first changes made by new ownership of the of New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate was to announce their intention to change their name from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and allow the fans to select the new name in an online poll. As a result, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are no more.
If they do lose Martin, Napoli would be a pretty good replacement. After a great 2011 campaign, Napoli fell off a bit last season hitting .227/.343/.469 with 24 HR and 56 RBI in 108 games for the Rangers. Not great, but better than the numbers Martin put up the last two years.
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He can now play for the US in the WBC
He becomes an American citizen, and the first thing he does is declare FREEDOM OF FACIAL HAIR.Dammit, he's right. The Yankees must end the repressive, 1890s ban on facial furniture, lip thistle, chin hemp or scalp shrubbery. It is 2012. It will soon be 2013.NO MUSTACHE, NO PEACE. NO MUSTACHE, NO PEACE.WHAT DO WE WANT?END TO YANKEE FACIAL HAIR BAN.WHEN DO WE WANT IT?NOW.