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Yanks caught in a backstop dilemma

Martin gone; Bombers left with three catchers who don't add up to one Russell

Updated: November 30, 2012, 12:12 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

On the same day the New York Yankees kept their closer, they lost their catcher.

It could have been worse, much worse, of course. They might have lost Mariano Rivera and retained Russell Martin.

But the euphoria -- or is it relief? -- of completing all but the final brushstrokes on a deal to bring Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, back for another year is certainly tempered by the news that they will lose Martin, who was certainly the best catcher on their roster.

And ...

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