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.