Yanks sign Russell Martin

After missing out on Cy Young Cliff Lee, the Yanks managed to sign free agent catcher Russell Martin. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The 27-year-old Martin, who has spent his entire Major League career with the Dodgers, was one of the top backstops in the NL in 2007 and 2008 — when he was a back-to-back All-Star and hit .286/.380/.432 with 32 homers and 156 RBI with a 112 OPS+ and was worth 4.2 and 3.6  wins above replacement, respectively — but had a crappy year in ’09, managing a 0.8 WAR, and suffered a debilitating hip injury in 2010 that allowed him to play in just 97 games.

The game plan is to have Jorge spend most of his time at DH, which I presume will go over well, while Austin Romine, Frankie Cervelli and Jesus Montero compete for time backing up “J” Martin.

62 more days until pitchers and catchers report…LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!

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