• Pena On Martin: “Very Happy To Have Him”

    Posted by on April 19th, 2011 · Comments (17)

    Via Wayne Coffey Monday:

    The Yankees signed Martin last December, days after Cliff Lee left the pinstriped world wobbling by having the audacity to take somebody else’s money. The move was treated as little more than a consolation prize, a kewpie doll the Yankees came home with after the grand prize had gotten away.

    The consolation prize may turn out to be the Yankee’s most important acquisition of the offseason. Martin could wind up being much more than someone keeping Jorge Posada‘s position warm for Jesus Montero.

    To be honest, I and several others here were doing some head scratching when the Yankees signed Martin. And many of us were underwhelmed by the various reclamation projects that made the opening day roster, including Jones, Garcia, Chavez, and Colon. Granted, it’s only been a dozen or so games, but Chavez has already contributed, and Garcia’s first start was more than adequate, Bartolo has shown at least the ability to miss bats, and I have to agree with the assessment that Russell Martin’s signing helps the team this year, on offense and defense.  The Yanks might very well not be in first place right now without their contributions. Overall, midway through April, there have been some pleasant surprises from this group.

    Comments on Pena On Martin: “Very Happy To Have Him”

    1. clintfsu813
      April 19th, 2011 | 3:15 pm

      What moron signed these has beens?

    2. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 3:16 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      What moron signed these has beens?

      The Christmas Elf.

    3. April 19th, 2011 | 3:36 pm

      Beware of parades 20 days into the season.

    4. Corey Italiano
      April 19th, 2011 | 4:28 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Beware of parades 20 days into the season.

      Yup. I highly doubt Garcia and Colon will provide for anything other than cannon fodder the rest of the way and I’ll believe Chavez stays healthy all year when I see it.

      Jones, on the other hand, works as the bat off the bench/4th OFer IMO.

    5. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 4:34 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Beware of parades 20 days into the season.

      Who is parading? I don’t think this column was doing anything other than highlighting some positive contributions by some new faces.

      In fact, you’re going out of your way to stop a parade that isn’t happening.

    6. clintfsu813
      April 19th, 2011 | 4:35 pm

      Parades arent ok, but a possible death march for Jeter, Gardner, Granderson is?

    7. MJ Recanati
      April 19th, 2011 | 4:37 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Parades arent ok, but a possible death march for Jeter, Gardner, Granderson is?

      This.

    8. April 19th, 2011 | 9:15 pm

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Parades arent ok, but a possible death march for Jeter, Gardner, Granderson is?

      Duh. For those guys, it’s more like he last full season, the last half season, or the last several years, than it is just about the last 20 days.

    9. LMJ229
      April 19th, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      Martin has been a very pleasant surprise thus far. However, I doubt he will be able to contribute this type of production all year. But what if he actually does? That would put the Yankees in a very good trading position with the surplus of catchers they have in the minors.

    10. April 20th, 2011 | 5:41 am

      If Eric Chavez keeps going as great as he has been, I wonder if he would ever ask for a trade, or if the Yankees would shop him, to a team looking for a FT 3B this season?

    11. Raf
      April 20th, 2011 | 7:16 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      If Eric Chavez keeps going as great as he has been, I wonder if he would ever ask for a trade, or if the Yankees would shop him, to a team looking for a FT 3B this season?

      I would think that teams would want to see if he could hold up for a season before they make him a FT 3B. He’s been a pleasant surprise, but the past few years he’s had the durability of Nick Johnson

    12. MJ Recanati
      April 20th, 2011 | 9:53 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      If Eric Chavez keeps going as great as he has been, I wonder if he would ever ask for a trade, or if the Yankees would shop him, to a team looking for a FT 3B this season?

      Why would he ask for a trade if he knows he’s a free agent after the season? As long as he’s healthy and wishes to continue playing, someone will sign him next year.

    13. MJ Recanati
      April 20th, 2011 | 9:55 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      But what if he actually does? That would put the Yankees in a very good trading position with the surplus of catchers they have in the minors.

      There would be no reason to take one year of Martin and attempt to roll the dice on more years. The Yankees signed him as a bridge between Posada and one of Montero/Romine. They should stick to that plan, offer Martin arbitration and let him move on to a new city next year (with draft picks as compensation).

    14. Evan3457
      April 20th, 2011 | 10:54 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      clintfsu813 wrote:
      Parades arent ok, but a possible death march for Jeter, Gardner, Granderson is?
      Duh. For those guys, it’s more like he last full season, the last half season, or the last several years, than it is just about the last 20 days.

      Well, in Granderson’s case, in the last 55-60 games or so, since he revamped his swing, he’s hitting .259 with 19 HR and 41 RBI, while slugging .574.

    15. Raf
      April 20th, 2011 | 11:31 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      offer Martin arbitration and let him move on to a new city next year (with draft picks as compensation).

      Will they offer him arbitration? Given the way they’ve handled things the past few years, I’m not sure. At least with Vazquez, they came to an agreement that he’d reject arbitration. I suppose they could do the same with Martin.

    16. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2011 | 11:59 am

      @ Raf:
      I think they will. In the cases where the Yankees havn’t offered arbitration, the reason was because the player was being overpaid as is. Martin is not overpaid, and if he plays well it’s a lock that they will offer him arbitration.

    17. MJ Recanati
      April 20th, 2011 | 12:42 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Will they offer him arbitration? Given the way they’ve handled things the past few years, I’m not sure. At least with Vazquez, they came to an agreement that he’d reject arbitration. I suppose they could do the same with Martin.

      I agree completely that in most cases the Yankees don’t offer players arbitration. It’s one of the most madddeningly annoying and perplexing things about Brian Cashman and the front office.

      Upon further review, Martin was signed because the Dodgers cut him and he’s still under team control through next season as an Arb-4 player. Thus, the decision to offer him arbitration/receive draft picks as compensation is moot until January 2013 at the earliest.

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