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Yankees Counterstrike

Or not. But Alden Gonzalez tweets that the Yanks did win the Russell Martin quasi-war.

24 replies on “Yankees Counterstrike”

I’m curious how Martin will do. I wanted the Sox to get him, but there are enough question marks where it’s definitely one of those situations where you can’t get too exercised about it one way or the other.
I would consider the Mark Teixeira signing battle between the Sox and Yanks something akin to World War II. This was probably closer to the Pennamite-Yankee War.

Well, even if he doesn’t hit, he’s going to be the full-time catcher against every team with speed. Martin has a cannon, so his ability to negate a major piece of Boston’s puzzle at this point is a bonus for NYY.

I haven’t found this anywhere else either…
Hoping it’s true as we haven’t had a decent, everyday defensive catcher in forever. Molina was great as a backup.

Good pickup for NY. If he’s healthy, it’s a good risk to take for sure. And, as stated, even if he isn’t catching, he can still catch the 40 games against TAM and BOS.

If I were Theo, which I’m not, I would be on the phone today making the next deal in light of last night.
Call the Mets.
A deal for Reyes can be had at this point, especially if it helps the mets.
DiceK would be a good pickup in AAAA level for them (expanded zone, pitcher hitting, and not the AL East).
DiceK, Ellsbury, Scutaro, and Reddick.

The Mets immediately get better, and so do the Red Sox. Put Cameron back in CF, and make the move for Blanton (who is really just payroll shredding at this point) to put in the 5hole.

I’m more curious whether the Martin signing is Cash’s maneuver to free up Montero as trade-bait to package with others for a big starter. I hope not frankly. I want to see what Montero can do. Of course, the Yanks also have Austin Romine – almost exactly one year older than Montero. Not as strong with the bat (that’s not so much what they need anyway) but supposedly better behind the dish. I think the Martin thing is very likely his way of prepping for another trade. Why use Martin to mentor Montero – both Posada and Girardi can do plenty of that.

Good pick-up for the Yanks, though I’m curious as to how the physical will turn out. He’s got a lot of question marks in terms of overall health.
Sad the Sox didn’t get him, still.

I just don’t see them moving Montero at this point unless it’s for King Felix. I think it’s Montero and Martin until Montero proves or disproves that theory that he’s not a catcher but a hitter that catches. I am excited about that combination of players and to not see Jorge behind the plate (fingers crossed barring injuries or ineptitude) more than 15 games this season.
Brad, you want to move all that for Reyes? Scutaro is a fine player and you have a future star at SS in the minors. Reyes is an enigma from afar he looks so intriguing, but up close he’s a lot like Manny minus the killer work ethic.

1. Montero/Martin is a fantastic young combo for the Yanks. Posada can be a full-time DH, and I’m sure YF’s will be happy about it.
2. King Felix isn’t going to get moved unless the Yankees throw in their entire AA and AAA franchises and 50% of the rights to the YES network.
3. Despite Reyes’ immense talent, I’m not too keen on signing a shortstop who already has injury concerns at age 27 and whose speed is declining rapidly.

My post wasn’t meant to be in response to anybody; I was just throwing in my two cents on the few subjects that are being discussed. This probably sounds like a jinx coming from a Sox fan, but Montero looks like a sure-thing.

All I can think of is Matt Wieters and how he was a sure fire can’t miss bat that would translate right away. I like my catchers older and experienced, but it is very cool to hear such great things about him. It does bring something to the Yankees don’t always have: Exciting, young, homegrown players.

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