Cody Martin was on the move before the season even began, as he was claimed off waivers by the Mariners last offseason. His past numbers didn't jump off the page, so he was dumped to the depths of Triple-A Tacoma to act as organizational pitching depth. The right-hander went on to quietly produce during his time with the Rainiers, posting a 3.62 ERA and 1.22 WHIP to go with a solid 114:33 K:BB scattered across 20 starts and five relief appearances. This strong showing allowed him to reach the big leagues for a few short stints during the season, where he seemed to hold his own. His ERA sat at a passable 3.86 mark after two starts and seven outings as a reliever, but the home run continued to kill him (1.8 HR/9) while his strikeout numbers sunk with the uptick in hitting talent. Martin's ability to step in as a spot starter should keep him near the big leagues, but his lack of consistent production will likely keep him irrelevant in fantasy.
Martin was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Friday. He was designated for assignment earlier in the week, and is now officially off the 40-man roster. He should serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
Martin was designated for assignment Wednesday. With the Mariners acquiring outfielder Mallex Smith and reliever Shae Simmons via trade Wednesday, Martin's spot on the 40-man roster became expendable. Martin shuttled between Triple-A Tacoma and the big club last season, working mostly as a spot starter or mop-up man out of the bullpen during his time with the Mariners. The right-hander struggled to keep the ball in the yard, and though he finished with a respectable 3.86 ERA over 25.2 innings, Martin's underwhelming repertoire made him a rather low-upside roster option. He shouldn't find trouble landing a spring training invite from another club if he's unable to claim a 40-man spot elsewhere.
Martin was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. With the Rainiers' season coming to an end, Martin will head back to the major leagues to assist in Seattle's postseason push. The right-hander's 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP during his time in the big leagues this season don't jump off the page, but his 9.0 Triple-A K/9 and ability to spot start if necessary could prove to be useful for the Mariners down the stretch.
Martin was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. With the Mariners needing a starter for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Martin is heading back down to Tacoma as Taijuan Walker returns to the big club. After throwing 20 innings (nine games) with the Mariners this season, Martin has a 4.50 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He'll look to improve at Tacoma, where he owns an ERA and WHIP of 3.93 and 1.25, respectively.
Martin allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out five over 5.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Yankees. Martin was tagged for four home runs, and he was lucky all but one was of the solo variety. He allowed a 3.93 ERA in 103 innings at Triple-A Tacoma and likely won't be long for the Mariners rotation; expect him to return to either the minors or the bullpen as soon as either James Paxton or Adrian Sampson is ready to return, if not sooner.
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