Martin could have stayed a Dodger and played as a utility player so at the end of the season he wouldn't have been beaten up.
But he left, and for what, roughly an additional one million dollars to play as a Yankee. In order for him to qualify for extra incentives (totaling 5.4 million) he will have to play 120 games behind the plate. If he had stayed a Dodger, he could play any position (140 games) to earn 5.3 million. I love Russell, but do any of you actually think he will be able to play those 120 games without the hip injury flaring up or receiving another injury?
I can't see it happening, I know he played more then that total when healthy as a Dodger before last season, but we all seen how worn down he was at the end.
He slumped really bad in the 2009 season only batting .250 with seven homeruns and 53 RBI's. and last season he only played 97 games due to his hip injury. The games he did play he batted .248, 5 homeruns and 26 RBI's.
The Yankees might be in a pickle too, if they want to have Martin as their starting catcher. They still have top prospect Jesus Montero, who they may trade, but I think it be a good idea to keep him on the roster if Martin can't come through.
Yankees previous catcher, veteran Jorge Posada will be assigned as designated hitter, while two other catchers besides Martin and Montero will be fighting for a roster spot come spring training.
To that, I say farwell Martin and I do hope for the best in his carreer, because one thing I loved to see him do was play awesome defense behind the plate, but if he will regain that we just have to wait and see.