I had a lot of Yankees conversations with a lot of different people this week, and every time someone in the organization talked about Jesus Montero, I got the feeling that they were fully prepared to have him on the big league roster in April. Not a sure thing, of course, but very likely. It isn’t just bluster when Brian Cashman talks publicly about making the transition to his top hitting prospect. The Yankees are ready and willing to do it.
But Russell Martin is an interesting alternative, or at the very least an interesting combination. There are reasons to worry about him, but the Yankees have in-house options that they’re perfectly willing to use if Martin gets hurt or can’t hit.
Today, Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are “taking an aggressive approach in the Russell Martin conversations.” Martin’s agent has previously gone on the record to say the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are all in the mix.
Doesn’t mean the Yankees are giving up on Montero or aren’t willing to give him a big league job, just means there’s a talented player on the market, and he plays a position where the Yankees have some questions. If it works, I’m sure the Yankees would love to have him. If not, they have enough talent to fill the spot.