Toronto Blues Jays newly-signed catcher Russell Martin speaks to the...

Toronto Blues Jays newly-signed catcher Russell Martin speaks to the media Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Credit: AP / Nathan Denette

Surprised that former Yankees catcher Russell Martin landed a five-year, $82-million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday?

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wasn't.

Well, not by the deal's length and money, at least.

"No, he's been great, I'm not surprised. The catching market is thin," Cashman said at the Covenant House in Manhattan, where he slept Thursday night in an effort to raise awareness for homeless kids.

"I am a Russell Martin fan," Cashman added. "I think Toronto got themselves a hell of a player."

Widely considered one of the top defensive catchers, Martin, 31, produced solid offensive numbers for the Pirates last season. In his second year with the club, Martin hit .290 with a career-high .402 on-base percentage. He hit 11 home runs.

Martin was the Yankees' catcher in 2011 and 2012. He was an All-Star in 2011 and hit 21 home runs in 2012 but had career lows in batting average (.211) and on-base percentage (.311).

Before Martin bolted from Pittsburgh, the Pirates traded reliever Justin Wilson to the Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli last week.

There was one thing that surprised Cashman about Martin.

"I was surprised he wound up in Toronto, more so, because I think everybody expected a different location for him," Cashman said. "I thought there were two other places, if I had to predict before the winter where he might wind up. I rather it not be [Toronto] because they're in our division, but I'm not surprised by his contract."

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