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Yankees, Russell Martin table talks

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and the agent for catcher Russell Martin talked about a long-term deal Friday but were too far apart and decided to table talks until the offseason.

Cashman said the two sides "mutually agreed to wait," after agent Matt 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 if he has a good season. He was an All-Star last year but tailed off after the break.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.