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What did I miss? Catching market begins to heat up

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[2]You know, when a vacation ends, it occasionally takes a while to settle back into real life.

Right now I’m still in transit, trying to make my way back to New York. And right now my trip is moving about as slowly as the Yankees winter. But in reading back through some things from the past week, it seems the catching market is starting to move a little bit. Nothing significant has happened, but there’s plenty of talk about Mike Napoli, and today Russell Martin’s name seems to have taken center stage.

Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have resumed conversations with Martin. [3] It’s clear that the Yankees would like to have him back, and Martin seems to like New York. That said, Martin isn’t limiting himself to the Yankees. His agent has told ESPN New York that Martin has toured a few cities, [4] trying to get a feel for different places and different situations.

It’s a fairly thin catching market — especially considering Napoli is much more bat than glove — which means Martin is going to have some options out there.

Speaking of options, the Yankees have plenty at catcher, but none that seem like everyday options. Today the team avoided arbitration with offseason addition Eli Whiteside — $625,000 for the defensive backup [5] — which gives the Yankees three legitimate bench options but no reliable starter.

That would change if the Yankees can come to terms with Martin.