MLB Rumors: Is Russell Martin On The New York Mets' Radar?

By Ryan Gaydos
Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Mets have one mission and that is to get back on top of the National League East. However, with the way the Miami Marlins are built, the run that the Washington Nationals are having and the consistency of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, the NL East is looking more like the AL East.

The Mets need to take care of more than just trying to re-sign third baseman David Wright this off-season. Mainly it is problems behind the plate. Towards the end of the 2012 season, Josh Thole was splitting time Kelly Shoppach at the catching position and Mike Nickeas backing the both of them up. The team carried three catchers in September and October.

The organization will have a chance to upgrade the position in Russell Martin. Martin will be hitting the market if the New York Yankees do not re-sign him. Martin should be the top choice for the Mets this off-season after the Wright and/or R.A. Dickey situations get settled.

Martin is still only 29-years-old and he is better defensively than what the Mets have right now. In 2012, Martin had a down year batting .211/.311/.403 with a slight increase in power with 21 home runs and 53 RBI. Martin also has shown that he could hit National League pitching when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the Yankees trying to get underneath the luxury tax, the franchise’s loss could be the crosstown rivals’ gain. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Yankees last off-season.

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