Mariano and the Yanks are nearing a deal. Details here…
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And then we can get on with the real business of the offseason.
I'm guessing Martin won't end up with the Yanks next year.
(1) But who? And is Ichiro not on the list?
(2) I'm guessing the same.
 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.
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.
 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.
Yankees agree to re-sign Mariano Rivera
By Mike Axisa
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 $12-14M.
So long, Russ.
That's the biggest contract Neal Huntington's given out as the Pirates GM.
So...what are we going to do about a catcher now?
 Frankie Cervelli !!
I think I feel a little queasy.
 Jesus Montero !!
Now I definitely feel queasy.
Bring back Posada!
Joe Girardi, player manager!
I mean, he couldn't hit much worse than he used to.
Mike Napoli or bust?
Well, I guess Rod Barajas is now available.
Hoo boy, queasy again.
Won't Napoli command as much or more salary than Martin?
I'm really surprised the Yankees didn't outbid the Pirates for Martin. I guess they are really serious about cutting payroll.
Or maybe they have more faith in Austin Romine than I do?
Like his namesake, Russell Coltrane Martin left us too soon..
 They do seem serious about cutting payroll, but I think they also made a legitimate baseball calculation that Martin wasn't worth the money for two years.
hmmm, i wanted Coltrane back. i, too, am surprised we didn't match/exceed that contract. and Ca$h loves that guy...
 if cash is looking to trade for a RF'er, i would seriously look at Shin Soo Choo from the Tribe.
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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