10 New York Yankees Catching Options If Russell Martin Leaves This Winter

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10 New York Yankees Catching Options If Russell Martin Leaves This Winter
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Yankees wisely passed on making free-agent catcher Russell Martin a qualifying offer worth $13.3 million before Friday's deadline, but that doesn't mean they don't want him back.

On the contrary, Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News has reported that Martin's agent has had discussions with the Yankees and that the interest between the two sides is mutual. The smart money is on Martin returning to the Yankees for the 2013 season, and perhaps beyond as well.

However, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com had a point when he noted that Martin could end up being the top catcher on the open market this winter. This year's free-agent crop is pretty weak at catcher, and he could draw lucrative offers based on his youth and his durability. Such things are rare when it comes to free-agent catchers.

If Martin ends up signing elsewhere, Brian Cashman is going to have to improvise. Here's a look at 10 other catchers he could pursue if he has to replace Martin as the club's primary catcher.

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted. Salary information courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.


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