14 Dec 2010
According to Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached a deal in principal with Russell Martin. He still needs to pass a physical, which Sherman points out is more than a formality.
I’ll wait to see the dollars involved, but unless they are a lot ($5 million and up) I like the move. Martin’s bat has disappeared the past few years, but he has maintained a good OBP. He has a very good reputation for handling pitchers and threw out 39% of the runners trying to steal on him last year. He would be eligible for arbitration in 2012, so the Yankees essentially get two years of him if they want.
This frees up Posada to mostly DH which should keep him healthier. It also allows them to keep Montero in Scranton until June, eliminating the chances he becomes a “super two” guy for arbitration. The question is, what do the Yankees do with Cervelli now? I think he becomes a trade chip in the Yankees efforts to get a starter. Exactly who that starter is will have to be seen.