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Reports: Russell Martin Receives Four-Year Offer From Pirates

Pirates Are Main Threat To Sign Martin
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Baseball insiders agree that the Pittsburgh Pirates may be the biggest threat to the Yankees’ chances of retaining catcher Russell Martin.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman joined Joe and Evan on Wednesday to talk hot stove including the Martin’s future.

Listen: Heyman Chats With Joe And Evan

Martin has been a hot commodity as the free agent catching class is thin.  The Yankees are facing strong competition from the Pirates, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.

“I think it’s likely,” Heyman said about the Yankees chances of keeping hold of Martin.

“I do see the Pirates as the main threat now,” Heyman told Joe and Evan.  “He’s a good catcher who was a finalist for the Gold Glove.”

According to Heyman, the Pirates are willing to go as long as three years to tempt Martin to leave the Yankees.

Martin batted .211 and hit 21 home runs with the Yankees in 2012.  He made $7.5 million last season.

The Yankees recently signed minor league catcher Eli Whiteside.

Do you think the Yankees will be able to keep hold of Martin?  Let us know…