Steve Dilbeck of The Los Angeles Times has a blog post about former Dodger, Russell Martin. In it, he quotes Russ as saying
the following about the Dodgers’ decision to non-tender him:
“I wanted to see how much they really wanted me, because if they did, they would have tendered me a contract,” Martin said. “That was really it. I wanted to see how bad the Dodgers wanted me and if they still believed in me. By doing that, they kind of gave me the answer.”
Let’s see, Russell: Your offensive game has declined for three straight years and then you break your hip when you are in line to probably get $7 million is arbitration. Let me get this right: You wanted to see if the Dodgers would overpay for you knowing that your game was declining (for some reason) and not being sure you could even catch again? Borderline delusional is what I would call that.
The Yankees paid LESS than the Dodgers offered. I guess that shows their commitment, huh? People have called you “hard-headed” in that you didn’t change your hitting style when it obviously wasn’t working. It seems that his hardheadedness outweighs his common sense. He did get closer to home so I guess that’s one thing. Turns out, he also has to have knee-surgery – not a breeze for a catcher.
Evidently Russ feels disrespected by the Dodgers. Here’s a guy who should feel disrespected – Edgar Renteria. After what he did for the Giants last year, they offer him a $1 million dollar contract? I guess being a World Series MVP doesn’t mean what it used to. I’d have to say Brian Sabean is classless.
UPDATE: Brooklyn’s post got me to thinking and I am going to articulate what I am thinking about. People have speculated that Russ Martin’s demise was the result of no longer taking PED’s. I reject that completely. Nothing I have seen even remotely speaks of that. Russ Martin was one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. His work ethic was legendary. He came early and stayed late. He was liked by his teammates and was a leader by example. But Brooklyn may have hit the nail on the head: Russell Martin is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I have never had an long conversations with him, so I really can’t say. This is simply conjecture on my part. Maybe it was his failure to adjust that caused his offense to plummet over the last 3 years. In the piece by Dilbeck, he admits that he wasn’t in shape last year. After 2 poor seasons, that’s just plain stupid. Maybe his calling of a game was as predictable as his hitting had become. Maybe it will be addition by subtraction. Maybe we will find out why Navarro had the lowest CERA in all of baseball. Maybe we’ll figure out that Russ Martin wasn’t a bad guy – he just wasn’t very bright!