The Yankees will have to decide if Martin is in this team's plans for the foreseeable future after the 2012 season comes to a close.
Martin got off to a depressing start at the plate, but has still been able to hit the long ball and knock in some runs along the way. He remained on the interstate for a good portion of the season, but September has been his best month by far.
Saving his best for last, Martin is hitting .256 with six homers and 16 RBI during the final full month of the season. Not great, but leaps and bounds better than what the backstop was doing in the batter's box and it gives hope Martin is getting his bat back on track at the right time.
New York could have a few options to go next season.
A.J. Pierzynski will be the best catcher on the market offensively speaking, but both he and Martin are comparable defensively with Martin getting the edge based on how well he handles the Bombers' pitching staff.
Also, the Yanks could look to some of their younger catchers like Francisco Cervelli and, if healthy, Austin Romine to handle the duties next season. However, manager Joe Girardi knows how important a steady catcher like Martin can be to a pitching staff, so most likely the Yanks will keep him around.