Tuesday, December 14, 2010
NEW YORK—The Yankees have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent catcher Russell Martin, multiple sources told MLB.com on Tuesday. Details of the deal were not immediately available, but it is expected to be announced at some point on Tuesday.
The Bombers missed out on Cliff Lee late Monday night, when the ace left-hander spurned them—and the Rangers—to sign with the Phillies. But New York also beat out Boston and Toronto—though in a far lesser way—to obtain the services of Martin, who was non-tendered by the Dodgers this offseason.
Who needs Cliff Lee?
Here are Martin’s range of CAIRO projections.
BRAR: Linear weights batting runs above replacement level (park and position-adjusted)
wOBA: Weighted on-base average
Def: Projected runs saved defensively compared to average
WAR: Wins above replacement level (BRAR plus Def divided by 10)
Martin’s coming back from an injury to his hip, which isn’t a good thing for a catcher, so he’s not without risk. However, he’s not far removed from being one of the better catchers in baseball.
He shores up the Yankees’ depth, and he doesn’t cost the team any talent, so it’s hard to not like this move.
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