Russell Martin - Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The 'who will catch for the New York Yankees in 2013?' question could soon have an answer. Russell Martin, the team's starting catcher the past two seasons, and the Yankees are apparently talking about a new contract.
Martin made $7.5 million with the Yankees in 2012. Last season the 29-year-old hit .211/.311/.403 with 18 doubles and 21 home runs over 422 at-bats. He owns a career line of .260/.352/.399 over seven seasons at the major league level.
A return by Martin, especially on a contract that doesn't tie the club to him for an extended number of years, would be great news for the Yankees. The free-agent catching market is not that appealing, and the Yankees have a slew of catchers who are either career backups or too young to be ready for the big leagues.
Martin is reportedly talking to at least one other team, but a return to the Yankees makes sense for both sides.