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Friday, February 24, 2012
Martin, Yanks table talks

By Andrew Marchand

With the sides too far apart, the agent for Russell Martin, Matt Colleran and Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke on Friday and decided to table talks until after the season.

Cashman said the two sides "mutually agreed to wait," after Colleran called on Friday.

"It was a good conversation," Colleran said Friday evening. "By the end of it, we were on the same page."

Martin can become a free agent at the end of the season. Prior to agreeing on a one-year, $7.5 million deal before going to arbitration, Cashman had put forth the idea of a three-year contract that would have included this season.

On Thursday, Colleran told ESPNNewYork.com he planned to present Cashman a counter proposal that could serve to rip up this year's deal.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted the Yankees were only prepared to go to three years and $20 million.

Martin will likely seek $8-$10 million per year and will have more negotiating leverage with a big season and the specter of free agency.