In a recent column for the New York Post, Joel Sherman suggests the Mets entertain signing Yankees’ C Russell Martin, should the two sides decide to part ways this winter.
“You can harp on Martin’s .211 average. But there probably are just six-to-10 no-brainer frontline catchers, including Buster Posey, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters and Salvador Perez, and they are going nowhere,” Sherman explains. “Martin is right near the top of the second tier of catchers. He is athletic, a good defender, durable, can draw a walk and has power. Plus, he impressed his teammates by not surrendering to the poor batting average in the first half.”
Martin hit .211 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .713 OPS with 21 home runs and 53 RBI in 422 at-bats during the regular season in 2012.
Martin earned $7.5 million on a one-year contract he signed before the 2012 season.
Michael Baron, ContributorIf Martin becomes a free agent, he would be a good fit for the Mets. I would expect his power numbers to drop off playing in the National League East, but he could prove to be a stable presence for any team he joins. By no means is Martin a frontline catcher, but he’s an adequate receiver, is most certainly upgrade to any of their internal solutions and might be the best of the available external options. He also knows New York, and, as Sherman says, is known to work real well with his pitching staffs.