What Should The Yankees Do With Russell Martin?

7/8/12 in MLB   |   Anthony_Raia   |   37 respect

May 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin (55) argues a called third strike with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 8 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIREThe New York Yankees received quite a surprise last year from Russell Martin, especially when he started off the season on a tear. They knew he would be good behind the plate, but did not expect production that Martin had not duplicated since 2007. Now the Yankees are seeing the production that led to his departure from Los Angeles. The question is, what do the Yankees do now?

Martin is currently hitting just .176 with eight home runs. Now the Yankees to this point have been fine offensively with Martin's lack of production. Martin is still outstanding behind the plate, however with Alex Rodriquez and Mark Texiera not having their normal years can the Yankees afford Martin to stay below .200? The Yankees will have to think long and hard about offering Martin arbitration after this season, but this season is more of a concern. Can they make it through the American League with a catcher hitting .176? Unfortunately they might have to.

Austin Romine is yet to play this year in the minor leagues due to injury. None of the other catching prospects are anywhere near ready. Is it worth trading a prospect to fill a position that you already have the prospects who will eventually fill it? Yankee fans, lets hear your thoughts.
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