Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin.

Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week.

The 27-year-old will start behind the plate on Opening Day in New York and will look to turn his career around in the hitter-friendly ballparks of the American League East.  The Yankees will probably send catching prospect Jesus Montero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the start of the year.  Jorge Posada will act as the club’s primary DH and backup catcher.

The Dodgers offered Martin a one-year contract with a base salary of $4.2 million before non-tendering him earlier this month.  That deal contained up to $1.5 million worth of incentives, but he would’ve had to start 140 games to maximize all of it.  He only has to start 120 games in pinstripes to maximize his potential $5.4 million salary.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.