I’m heading out the door and making my way to Yankee Stadium to talk to Mariano Rivera, but the Yankees this morning have also officially announced the signing of Russell Martin to a one-year deal. Here’s that press release.
The New York Yankees today announced they have signed free agent catcher Russell Martin to a one-year contract.
Martin, 27, is a two-time National League All-Star, having been elected as the league’s starting catcher in 2007 and being voted in by players and coaches in 2008. In 2007, he also received the Louisville Silver Slugger Award and the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, joining Dusty Baker in 1981 as the only Dodgers players ever to win both honors in the same season.
The Ontario, Canada, native has caught 119-of-459 (25.9 percent) of potential base stealers since making his Major League debut in 2006, totaling the second-most runners caught stealing in the Majors over the stretch behind only Gerald Laird (142). Over the same span, he leads all Major League catchers with a 3.76 catchers ERA (minimum 240 games).
Originally selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Martin owns a career .272 (638-for-2,344) batting average with 347 runs, 115 doubles, 54 home runs and 300 RBI in 667 games, all with the Dodgers. He has appeared in the postseason three times, serving as the starting catcher in each of the Dodgers’ 19 playoff games since 2006.
In 2010, Martin made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start at catcher for the Dodgers and hit .248 (82-for-331) with 45 runs, 13 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI in 97 games before suffering a season-ending right hip fracture and torn labrum on August 3 vs. San Diego.