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The Yankees lost Russell Martin and passed on David Ross, A.J. Pierzynski, and Geovany Soto, but GM Brain Cashman has no regrets. He is not looking beyond the team's internal options even if he admits they will lose some offense.
The Yankees watched this off-season as catcher Russell Martin departed for
Cashman is still confident with that strategy, even if it mean less offensive production, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports:
"We’re not looking for catching. We just know our offensive production at that position isn’t going to be as good as in the past."
Martin hit .211/.311/.403 last season with 21 home runs in 485 plate appearances while catching the majority of games for the Yankees. Stewart filled in as the back up, hitting a paltry .241/.292/.319.
Cervelli is the likely starter this season after spending the majority of 2012 in
Austin Romine could be the best option on offense, but he is the one of the three that still has options and he has just 86 plate appearance at the
Cashman was at least optimistic about their prospects on the other side of the ball. "Defensively, no problem," he said.
The Yankees have a history of downplaying their interest in players just before making a big, but this off-season things seem very different in the
It would not be a shock of
Still, after years of Jorge Posada and then Russell Martin, can the Yankees really live with Francisco Cervelli,