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Pirates, Rangers threaten Yankees' reunion with Martin


08:11 AM ET 11.29 | The Pirates, of all teams, are threatening to break up a nice union. From the beginning it appeared the marriage between Russell Martin and the Yankees would easily continue. And while that remains the way to bet it because the Yankees have no in-house options and the free agent market for catchers is thin, there are signs that a divorce is possible. According to an industry source with knowledge of the situation, the Pirates have increased a two-year offer to three for Martin that is worth upwards of $22 million. And the deep-pocket Rangers are also very interested in having Martin as their catcher. Martin made $7.5 million last year when he hit a career-high 21 homers but batted a career-worst .211 and had to get hot to get there.

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November 29, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Instead of overpaying Martin you can bring in catchers for try outs who can also hit 200 or a little better and the money you save put it on a pitcher or run producing hitter.

November 29, 2012  09:30 AM ET

I guess he would be an upgrade from Soto...

Hell - toad would be an upgrade from Soto.

November 29, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Martin's defense has slipped. He's just not that good. That he's getting this much attention tells you how thin catching is these days.,

November 29, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Actually, he wouldn't be that hard to replace. He didn't really provide much offense, and pitchers if need be can call their own game if were to go to a young catcher. All we'd have to do is make sure we got decent defense from the replacement. Honestly they try to make mountains out of mole hills.

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November 29, 2012  10:16 AM ET

we've had 37 catchers on the farm for the last 5 years-its time to stick one in thre and let him go-he won't hit worseand as you say- we have old men pitching who can call their own games

Yep....on a side note I just noticed the picture off to the side here....Colts cheerleaders shave heads....

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November 29, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Hell, they could probably bring Posada back to hit .211 with 20 HRs. Maybe even Yogi.Munson, no, unfortunately.

Munson could draw some walks though. Definatley need a pinch runner.

November 29, 2012  10:55 AM ET

No tears from Yankee fans if he goes somewhere else. Stewart is better defensively and neither of them hit enough to bother with. You sure do not want him plugging up a roster for three years.

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November 29, 2012  11:12 AM ET

He might inspire a new stat, WAZ...Wins Above Zombie...

Actually he might be about the same speed as Prince Fielder

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November 29, 2012  12:04 PM ET

In support of cancer patients.

Yep....especially the Colts' coach. These girls probably normally are very into making sure they look pretty but when somebody you know is sick it changes your priorities.


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