Scout: I would start Martin over Montero


The Yankees will soon make it official that they have signed Russell Martin to catch. GM Brian Cashman has said that Jesus Montero, Austin Romine and Francisco Cervelli will fight it out in the spring unless he could find an upgrade.

He may have done that so it will be interesting to see what Cashman says after Martin becomes official.

A scout who has watched Montero play said he thinks Martin will be the starter.

"I'd rather have Russell Martin for next year," the scout said.

This scout had the usual criticism of Montero's game. He is not good enough defensively. He said he had concerns about Montero's defensive mechanics and that is why he thinks Montero could be at Triple-A. Ultimately, the scout thought that if Montero remained a Yankee he eventually could be a couple of days a week catcher and a DH.

The scout also thinks Montero could be a first baseman, which why the Yankees may ultimately trade him. The Yankees say that Montero has improved defensively, but that could be designed to try to hike his trade value.

The scout projected Montero to be a .265 hitter with 25 homers one day. We'll see.

The scout thinks Austin Romine is the Yankees' future catcher because of his better defense.

Martin only played 97 games last year because of a hip injury.