Evil Empire eyes Ross

Disquieting news, via Ken Rosenthal:

The Yankees, who want to re-sign Russell Martin, long have had interest in another free-agent catcher, David Ross.

Signing the best back-up backstop in baseball is a must for the Braves, who will likely be without B-Mac for the first month of 2013. Bet on him returning, as Ross seems quite comfortable in Atlanta.

Yankees won’t sniff the playoffs for awhile

Detroit’s sweep of the Yankees is no aberration but a sign of things to come.

The Bombers are old, their farm system is thin. The free agent market is sparse, and the few stars available (Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton) are bad fits for New York. Brian Cashman would be wise to sign Michael Bourn, but he alone won’t alter their fortunes.

Maybe they can coax Lee Gutterman and Kevin Maas out of retirement. And Joe Girardi better watch his back — I hear Stump Merrill is available.