Yankees Rumors: NY Not Targeting Mike Napoli, A.J. Pierzynski

Now that the New York Yankees former starting catcher and reported offseason target Russell Martin has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s not clear where the team will turn to find backstop help this winter. While things can certainly change, the Yankees are currently not in on free agent Mike Napoli, and veteran A.J. Pierzynski “is unlikely to be the team’s next move,” according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

The Yankees are not in on Napoli, and a source indicated that Pierzynski is unlikely to be the team's next move.

Following the announcement of Martin’s two-year, $17 million agreement with the Pirates, he told reporters that the Yankees let him know that they wouldn’t be able to match Pittsburgh’s offer. In fact, New York didn’t even make Martin an offer, as they reportedly haven’t extended any contracts to position players yet this winter.

Now that the Yankees have lost out on Martin, it remains unclear where they will turn for their next starting catcher. The only thing that seems to be certain is that player doesn’t appear to be on their current roster, as they currently have veteran backup Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and youngster Austin Romine under contract.

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