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Russell Martin’s deal with the Yankees could be worth as much $5.4 million

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Russell Martin’s contract with the New York Yankees could be worth as much as $5.4 million, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the one-year deal hasn’t been officially announced.

Martin will be paid a base salary of $4 million and can earn another $1.4 million in incentives based on the number of games caught.

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To maximize the value of the contract, Martin will have to appear in 120 games behind the plate.

Before declining to tender Martin a contract and making him a free agent, the Dodgers offered him a contract that included a $4.2-million base salary. The proposal included $1.1 million in incentives based on games started -– not games appeared -– and to receive the maximum amount, Martin would have had to start 140 games.

Had Martin accepted the Dodgers’ offer and started 120 games next season, he would have earned $4.8 million.

Martin passed a physical exam Tuesday. Finishing touches are being put on the deal, which is expected to be announced by the end of the week.

-- Dylan Hernandez


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