Russell Martin's missing 21 homers have been conspicuous, in light of the Yankees' slew of injuries.
It turns out that Martin wanted to stay with the Yankees so bad, he would have strongly considered a one-year deal for $9 million or $10 million, a source confirmed. Martin's side made this option clear to the Yankees during negotiations. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first shed light on this scenario on Tuesday.
Had the Yankees accepted this proposal, Martin's contract would have had no immediate impact toward the 2014 payroll mandate of $189 million. Martin would have weighed the proposal between the two- and three-year contract offers the Pirates put in front of him. Ultimately, he took a two-year, $17 million deal with Pittsburgh.
Martin wanted to stay with the Yankees and felt he could have worked on his .211 average to be in better position after 2013 to hit free agency. As it is, he gave up one year of guaranteed money to hit the market after 2014, when he will be 32.