redsox seen meeting on russ martin. might require more moves. but boston isnt anti-yankee. also like kuroda, tried for tino
So why would Boston want a 29-year-old catcher who put up a .211/.311/.403/.713 line with 21 HR in 133 G while making $7.5M? Especially when they've already got a backstop 2 years younger who hit .222/.288/.454/.742 with 25 HR in a dozen fewer games, and who's arb-eligible for the final time after making $2.5M?
The theories abound:
#1 - Farrell and the rest of the F.O. aren't exactly enamored with Salty's defense or game calling (he threw out just 18 of 98 runners, or 18%, while Martin nailed 20 of 83, or 24%), and would prefer to see the staff led by a former Gold Glove winner.
#2 - They believe Salty could net a decent trade haul right now.
#3 - The team believes they're more likely to get Martin's 2nd half line (.242/.321/.456/.777, 13 HR, .250 BABIP) than his first half (.179/.300/.348/.648, 8 HR, .193 BABIP).
#4 - The club doesn't believe Lavarnway is ready to start full-time and sees Martin & Salty as an effective LH/RH platoon with combined 35-40 HR potential.
#5 - Boston thinks another first half from Salty like his 2012 (.239/.289/.517/.807, 17 HR) would enable them to sell high mid-season before he turns into last year's 2nd half pumpkin (.200/.286/.371/.658, 8 HR).
#6 - The Sox are merely driving up the Yankees' price of re-signing Martin.