(Sharing a moment with Carlos Gomez. Courtesy of USA Today Sports)
Of all the poor personnel decisions the Yankees made last offseason, the worst one is still probably the decision to let Russell Martin walk. In Martin, the Yankees had a guy who was a solid all-around defensive catcher, had familiarity with the pitching staff, and could handle the bat pretty well. The downgrade from Martin to the Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart tandem that was the team's backup plan was bigger than the front office probably realized, and that downgrade became even greater when injuries forced untested rookies Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy into regular duty.
Overall, the Yankees got a pathetic .213/.287/.298 batting line from the catcher position this season, good for a .266 wOBA that ranked 26th in MLB and 0.9 total fWAR that was good for 23rd. They've apparently realized the err of their ways and have made upgrading that position one of their primary objectives this offseason. The name at the top of their list to do so is former Atlanta Brave and recent qualifying offer recipient Brian McCann.