Source: Five other teams want Martin

November, 12, 2012
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If the Yankees are going to bring back Russell Martin, they will have to outmaneuver five other clubs, according a source with knowledge of Martin's plans. Besides Yankees GM Brian Cashman's proclamations that he would like Martin back, the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox have shown interest, the source said.

The Red Sox have signed David Ross, but he is considered more of a backup type so Martin still could be in play for Boston. There is a fifth unidentified club that is interested, as well.

Martin, 29, hit .211 with a career-high 21 homers and 53 RBIs. Joe Girardi has been a fan of Martin's because of his defense and toughness. The Yankees would like to bring him back, but, as with every contractual decision, they must weigh the impact on the team's goal to cut payroll to $189M by 2014. Martin made $7.5M last season.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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