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Martin avoids arbitration with a one-year deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just sent this announcement. The only arbitration-eligible player left on the Yankees roster is Boone Logan. 

The Yankees today announced that they have agreed with C Russell Martin on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, thus avoiding arbitration.

In 2011, Martin batted .237 (99-for-417) with 57R, 17 doubles, 18HR and 65RBI in 125 games (118 starts at catcher) in his first season with the Yankees. He led all Major League catchers with 35 baserunners caught stealing and was voted to his third career All-Star team.

Originally selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Martin owns a career .267 (737-for-2,761) batting average with 404R, 132 doubles, 72HR and 365RBI in 792 combined games with the Dodgers and Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: The Associated Press reports that Martin’s deal is worth $7.5 million, which is slightly less than the mid-point of the two sides proposed salaries.




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