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!!!!!