Russell Martin says he has no problem with the way things ended with the Yankees, though the former pinstriped backstop did note, “Having the money and wanting to spend the money are two different things.
“That’s the business aspect I have no control over,” Martin said Monday on his first day in camp with the Pirates, according to a story on MLB.com. “I have nothing to do with (the Yankees’) decision-making.

“If they feel they can save a bit of money by going with two guys who don’t really cost that much and they feel they still have a competitive team and that was an area where they could save a little money, that’s the business side of it and I have no problem with it.”
As part of the austerity plan to get their payroll below $189 million by next year, the Yanks let Martin bolt for the Pirates, where he got a two-year deal worth $17 million. The Yankees are turning over their catching duties to some combination of Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and, potentially, a catcher to be named later.

“Would I enjoy playing with the Yankees? Of course, who wouldn’t? It’s a great environment to play in, a winning environment. It’s fun.” Martin added. “But I didn’t get that opportunity, and I’m going to make the best of the opportunity I have now.”


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