That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer.
“If any offer is made to us, I’ll certainly discuss that with Russell.”
Martin’s future in Los Angeles is in doubt after yet another mediocre season at the plate, as he batted just .248/.347/.332 with a 679 OPS. Further complicating matters is that the 27-year-old backstop is currently recovering from a season-ending hip fracture. He earned $5.05 million this past season and could make roughly $6 million through the arbitration process this winter.
The Dodgers could always cut Martin loose on Thursday and try to bring him back at a lesser salary, but they also risk losing him to another team. As of now, the only other catchers on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster are A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez, who has two major league at-bats (in 2006) and was signed to a minor league contract earlier this month. It’s not an easy call.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?