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Yankees, Russell Martin finalize contract

Updated: December 16, 2010, 5:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin wanted the Los Angeles Dodgers to show him some love. When he didn't get it, he was willing to move on.

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 ...

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