29 Nov 2012
I have been wondering if I made a mistake in regards to Russell Martin. I didn’t think the Yankees should offer him arbitration and while they “took” my advice, we have learned tonight that the Pirates have signed him to a two-year deal for $17-million.
I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the Yankees had offered Martin arbitration? For $13.3-million in 2013, I imagine he would have accepted. The Yankees would have kept their starting catcher, but avoided a payroll commitment beyond 2013. Furthermore, even if he had rejected it, I find it hard to believe that Martin would have gotten the deal he got tonight,
But, that ship has sailed. Now the Yankees need to figure out what to do next. I vote for nothing. The Yankees have Cervelli, Stewart and Romine under contract. Considering the options out there, why not just let that trio head to camp and battle it out? Yes, I imagine they won’t get the same production as they would have from Martin, but they just might find their catcher of the future (Romine) or a decent substitute (Cervelli). Either way, at this point there is no reason to spend 2014 salary on catching. The best choice is off the board.