Yankees rumors: New York, Russell Martin discussing contract

Nick Laham

Free agent catcher Russell Martin is once again discussing a contract with his former team the New York Yankees.

Free agent catcher Russell Martin is once again discussing a contract with his former team the New York Yankees, though he’s also believed to be speaking with at least one other club, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:

Free-agent catcher Russell Martin is back in discussions with the Yankees, though he's still believed to be talking to at least one other team, as well.

Heyman adds that talks involving Martin are said to be "heating up," as the catching market is starting to develop. The Texas Rangers have Martin "on their list" along with fellow free agent Mike Napoli, while the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox are also considering catchers this winter, reports Heyman.

While progress has been seen over the weekend, the Yankees and Martin were viewed as apart on dollars last week, according to Heyman.

Martin made $7.5 million with the Yankees in 2012. Last season the 29-year-old hit .211/.311/.403 with 18 doubles and 21 home runs over 422 at-bats. He owns a career line of .260/.352/.399 over seven seasons at the major league level.

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