It could be a lot different. Russell Martin could be kicking back right now recuperating from the long season and waiting to enter the second year of a 3-year contract. But he chose to decline the Yankees’ offer before this season and took the plunge on another 1-year deal. That plan backfired a little bit on him, as Martin’s .211/.311/.403 batting this season didn’t do a lot to help his negotiating leverage this offseason. But Martin is a known commodity in the Yankee organization, and a valued on at that, and down season or not it sounds like things are already progressing towards a new deal to stay in the Bronx.