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The catcher finalized a $4 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday, a few weeks after rejecting an offer from Los Angeles that guaranteed $200,000 more. When he turned down the Dodgers‘ deal, the team allowed him to become a free agent.
“I wanted to find out how bad the Dodgers wanted me and see if they still believed in me,” Martin said during a telephone conference call. “So by doing that, they kind of gave me the answer that I wanted to find out about.”
Martin, who was born in Ontario, turned down interest from Toronto and Boston. He said changing teams will hit him when he arrives at spring training and puts on a different uniform.
“They’re still my boys over there,” he said. “It’s tough not being able to be with the guys that I’ve always played with,” he said.
“He was one of the premier catchers in the game not too long ago,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “From performance and injuries the last two years, he’s slipped from that status, but we feel he’s a low-risk, high-reward scenario.”
The 27-year-old was an NL All-Star in 2007 and 2008, hitting 19 homers in 2007 and driving in 90 runs the following year. He set career lows last season with a .248 average, five homers and 26 RBIs in 97 games. His season was cut short Aug. 3 when he broke his right hip and tore a labrum against San Diego while tagging up and trying to score on a flyball.
“It could be a physical thing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But I believe we can get him back to where he was. He’s a patient hitter. He knows how to work the count.”
Martin said he tied to be more athletic in his swing, going for speed, agility and flexibility instead of strength.
“I lost a little bit of my power,” he said.
“As these kids take the next step to the major league level, they can develop on their time frame, and now the time frame is not forced on them because we need them now at all cost,” Cashman said. “Instead of sink or swim, it’s now a situation where we can ease them in.”
Girardi said the youngsters may be better off in the minors than a promotion to a major league backup role.
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