Just as fans start to comprehend that the New York Yankees are all about one-year deals this off-season, the brass throws another curveball that makes no sense.
Here is the gist of it:
- Russell Martin signs a 2-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates, as Yankees didn’t even counter the offer as it was one season too many.
- Yankees watch their everyday starting catcher leave, and now have a big hole.
- The leftovers are Romine, Cervelli and Stewart who are backup catchers and defensive replacements at best.
- Presumably the Yankees are on the hunt for a legit everyday backstop that would accept a one-year deal.
- MLB.com reports that free agent catcher AJ Pierzynski has accepted a one-year, $7.5 million deal to play for the Texas Rangers in 2013.
- Pierzynski is 35-years old; and he posted a .278 batting average with 27 home runs and 77 RBI for the White Sox in 2012.
Um… what happened here?
The Yankees need a real starting catcher a