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Closing Time

Mariano and the Yanks are nearing a deal. Details here…

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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:10 pm

Hiroki Kuroda
Andy Pettitte
Mariano Rivera
Russell Martin

And then we can get on with the real business of the offseason.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:30 pm

I'm guessing Martin won't end up with the Yanks next year.

3 Dillon   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:30 pm

(1) But who? And is Ichiro not on the list?

4 Dillon   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:31 pm

(2) I'm guessing the same.

5 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:39 pm

[1] No Ichiro on that list? I know he's not a priority need, but I wouldn't dismiss him that easily, especially since he's officially waiting his turn and the alternatives are fairly mediocre or far more overpriced.

After that, I have no clue how they get a decent bench that doesn't double as an old folks home. Seems like if a rookie isn't batting over .300 or has at least has 20 homers by all-star break, he's anathema to the big club.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 29, 2012 7:41 pm

Word is the Pirates are hot for Martin. Funny how it seems we helped them turn trash into treasure over the last few years, at least for them anyway.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 29, 2012 8:08 pm

[5] I'm not dismissing him, but at best, he's a good platoon/4th OFer option. Pair him with a decent RH OF bat, and that might be Swisher's replacement. There just isn't any tasty FA out there. I'm guessing Cashman will try a trade.

The Yanks should offer Martin something like 3/$24m, which should do it.

8 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 29, 2012 8:17 pm

Yankees agree to re-sign Mariano Rivera
By Mike Axisa

9 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 29, 2012 8:59 pm

Holy Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How could this happen????
Rosenthal: Pirates to sign Russell Martin
By Mike Axisa
8:40pm: David Waldstein says it’s a two-year, $17M deal. Hard to believe the Yankees didn’t match that. Jon Heyman says they only offered two years at $12-14M.

10 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 29, 2012 9:17 pm

So long, Russ.

11 randym77   ~  Nov 29, 2012 9:34 pm

That's the biggest contract Neal Huntington's given out as the Pirates GM.

So...what are we going to do about a catcher now?

12 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:29 pm

[11] Frankie Cervelli !!

I think I feel a little queasy.

13 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:29 pm

[11] Jesus Montero !!

Now I definitely feel queasy.

14 randym77   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:31 pm

Bring back Posada!

15 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:39 pm

Joe Girardi, player manager!

I mean, he couldn't hit much worse than he used to.

16 Dillon   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:48 pm

Mike Napoli or bust?

17 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:51 pm

Well, I guess Rod Barajas is now available.

Hoo boy, queasy again.

18 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 10:53 pm

Won't Napoli command as much or more salary than Martin?

19 randym77   ~  Nov 29, 2012 11:02 pm

I'm really surprised the Yankees didn't outbid the Pirates for Martin. I guess they are really serious about cutting payroll.

Or maybe they have more faith in Austin Romine than I do?

20 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Nov 29, 2012 11:11 pm

Like his namesake, Russell Coltrane Martin left us too soon..

21 monkeypants   ~  Nov 29, 2012 11:18 pm

[19] They do seem serious about cutting payroll, but I think they also made a legitimate baseball calculation that Martin wasn't worth the money for two years.

22 thelarmis   ~  Nov 30, 2012 1:36 am

yay Mo!!!

hmmm, i wanted Coltrane back. i, too, am surprised we didn't match/exceed that contract. and Ca$h loves that guy...

[7] if cash is looking to trade for a RF'er, i would seriously look at Shin Soo Choo from the Tribe.

23 RIYank   ~  Nov 30, 2012 6:54 am

I think it will be very hard to trade for a corner OF. The Red Sox need one. Actually, they need two.

I kind of wish we'd signed Russell up for another stint, but the fact is that he's a weak hitter who is likely to get weaker, a 29 year old catcher, most likely in decline. I wouldn't commit to a lot of Mike Napoli either -- he's 30.

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