July 2, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin (55) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Despite starting catcher Russell Martin’s horrendous first half, general manager Brian Cashman said today that he has no plans of wading into the trade market for catching help.
"We have our catching," Cashman said. "I believe in Russell Martin, period."
Catcher has been by far the Yankees least productive position this season, and Martin has been the starting backstop for 60 of the club’s 85 games.
On the year, Martin has only hit at a clip of .179/.300/.348 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 21 RBIs. This is well below Martin’s career line (.261/.355/.395) and signifies a drop-off from his 2011level of production (.237/.324/.408).
Martin owns superior career numbers versus left-handed pitching, and the same has been true this season. His 2012 OPS against southpaws has been .932 compared to his .555 OPS versus right-handers.
Still, it doesn’t appear the Yankees are considering bringing in another catcher to platoon with Martin. Cashman believes Martin is capable of turning things around during the second half of the season. The 29-year-old did show signs of life in June before enduring a 1-31 stretch which carried into the All-Star break.
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