Yanks make offer to Russell Martin, want him as a starter

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The hot stove has been set to a low setting as the baseball world migrates back from the Winter Meetings in Olrando, Florida.  But at least one free agent is still feeling the heat.

Aaron told you a few hours ago that the Red Sox had made an official contract offer to catcher Russell Martin.  According to George King III of the New York Post, the Yankees have now done the same and want to make him their starting catcher.

Martin would probably have to battle for playing time in Boston with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek.  In New York he’d have a better shot at starting every day while Jesus Montero continues to marinate in the minor leagues and Jorge Posada takes most of his at-bats out of the DH role.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com is hearing that the Red Sox are the favorite to land Martin, but he might be attracted to the more frequent looks that the Yanks can provide.  Especially if he has real plans to turn his career around.  Remember, this is the same guy that was handed All-Star nods in his sophomore and junior MLB seasons before a hip injury threw everything off.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.