One would believe that Martin is the Yankees first-choice to bring back, as he is familiar with the pitching staff and got two big endorsements from ace CC Sabathia and Derek Lowe at the end of the 2012 season.
Sabathia had this to say about Martin via the New York Post, “I think it’s important. He’s been a great addition to our team, on and off the field. That’s not in my department, though. But we’ll have to just wait and see what happens. But he’s been great for us.”
And Lowe, who probably won’t be back next season in the Bronx but has plenty of street cred made a great point about Martin’s value, “There’s not many catchers that are going to hit you 20 home runs and drive in I don’t know how many he had, call a great game, throw guys out. From that standpoint, he’s a guy that’s only getting better.”
Well first off, the only reason Martin would ever leave New York would be if he got a better offer from another team, which unfortunately now does breed for some concern.
When looking at both, Martin has my vote but lets hope the Yankees don’t cheapen out.
Here is a quick table comparing the Pierzynski vs. Martin to help you decide:
|Russell Martin||Stat||A.J. Pierzynskiu00a0|
|$7.5 million||2012 Salary||$6 million|
|2007; 2008; 2011||All-Star||2002; 2006|
|xxxxxxxxxx||2012 batting stats||xxxxxxxxxx|