Tag:Fernando Martinez
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:02 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers

By Matt Snyder

Former highly-touted prospect Fernando Martinez was released by the Mets earlier this week and he's now been claimed by the Houston Astros, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. Since the Astros had the worst record in the majors last season, they were first in the order of waiver claim priority. Heyman reports that the Astros were not the only team that placed a claim, so several other teams still hold Martinez in high regard.

Martinez was a top 30 prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America, for three consecutive seasons (2007-09) before falling to No. 77 in 2010 and then out of the rankings prior to last season. The 23-year-old outfielder has hit .183/.250/.290 with two homers and two steals in 145 plate appearances for the Mets in the last three seasons. In Triple-A, Martinez has hit .265/.326/.465 with 28 homers, 91 RBI and 43 doubles in 179 games.

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The Astros currently appear to have Carlos Lee, Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez forming their starting outfield with Brian Bogusevic serving as the fourth outfielder. It's entirely possible Martinez finds his way into that mix at some point, maybe even right out of the gates in 2012. Still, there is no hurry, as Martinez has an option remaining on his contract and could be sent to the minors to begin the season.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Mets' Harris put on bereavement list

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Willie HarrisSad news from New York: The Mets' Willie Harris has been put on the bereavement list after he and his wife lost their baby last night.

Harris flew back to New York after last night's game to be with his wife who went into early labor at just five months. The child did not survive.

Best wishes to Harris at a time like this that has to be extremely difficult for him and his family.

The Mets called up outfielder Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo to take Harris' roster spot.

Players can be on the bereavement list a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Who will DH in interleague for NL teams?

Soriano

By Evan Brunell


Interleague play is upon us, which means that we'll be seeing some players in the National League get more at-bats over the weekend (and later in June, when interleague play really gets going) while AL teams will grouse about losing one of their best bats in NL parks.

“Any time that you get to interleague play and get the opportunities to get the guys some more at-bats is big,” Astros manager Brad Mills told the Houston Chronicle. “Get some guys some playing time and to have [Carlos Lee] DH is really nice for when we start playing National League games again and having those guys have at-bats under their belt.”

It's pretty easy to figure out which players in the American League will lose playing time -- just look at whose been DHing the most all season and go from there. The NL, though, is a different story, who now have to fit someone from the bench into the starting lineup. Looking at just this weekend only, which players stand to benefit from interleague play?

Cubs vs. Red Sox
: Alfonso Soriano (pictured) is a man without a position, even though he'll go down in history with well over 700 games in left field to his name once he retires. But for the next three days, DH will be his home. Soriano still doesn't have an OBP over .300, but his power stroke is still going with 11 bombs so far. Tyler Colvin was recently demoted, so he won't get the playing time in left, so that job will fall to both Reed Johnson and Tony Campana. Johnson will absolutely be in the lineup Friday against a lefty, but with right-handers going the next two days, Campana could earn his first two starts of the season. Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt could also figure into the equation.

Nationals vs. Orioles: Bank on Matt Stairs DHing, as manager Jim Riggleman termed him the "leading candidate" to the Washington Post. The pinch-hitting extraordinaire has just 21 at-bats on the year with two hits, but regular at-bats could get him going. Other contenders include Mike Morse, who has lost a lot of at-bats in left field to Laynce Nix lately, so this would represent an opportunity to get Morse going.

Reds vs. Indians: Jonny Gomes, despite recently being pushed into a three-way platoon, is the favorite to DH all three games in Cleveland. Gomes has been the DH in 16 of the last 18 interleague matchups for the Reds and will assume that position again in Cleveland which frees up left for Chris Heisey; Fred Lewis will likely also grab some at-bats.

Mets vs. Yankees
: Manager Terry Collins says that Fernando Martinez will DH the first two games with Carlos Beltran going on Sunday to take some pressure off his creaky knees, the New York Post writes. The Mets didn't want to call up F-Mart so he could get regular at-bats in the minors, but were forced into the move earlier. This will allow the Mets some type of justification for the move by getting Martinez into a game.

Astros vs. Blue Jays: As Mills alluded to, Carlos Lee will be the DH in Toronto, with Brian Bogusevic and Jason Michaels picking up outfield starts as a result. Anytime the Astros get Lee out of the field, they become a much better club. Granted, that still leaves them in bad shape. Lee is hitting .245/.274/.390 in 168 plate appearances in his second straight year of struggling. There's only one year left on his deal, which the 'Stros can't wait for to end. He notched his 2,006th hit last Saturday.

Dodgers vs. White Sox: The Dodgers will probably go with Jay Gibbons, as he's been working his way into more and more playing time in left. With the DH around, though, Gibbons should slide over to make room for Tony Gwynn, Jr.'s move into left field. Gibbons hasn't really gotten going yet, and this weekend series will be a great way for him to focus on just hitting while L.A. doesn't have to worry about sacrificing defense.

Cardinals vs. Royals: The Cardinals get some fortuitous timing of interleague as both Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday are hobbled due to injury. Only one can DH, but it will still get one of the two best bats on the team in the lineup. Bet on Holliday, who had a sore left leg. Berkman's injury is a bit more severe, with a right wrist sprain that limits his ability to swing a bat. John Jay, who earned starting time last season, has found the going much tougher this year, collecting just 78 at-bats despite appearing in 48 games. Jay tends to enter games as a defensive replacement, but has received four consecutive starts because of current or previous injuries to Holliday, Berkman and Colby Rasmus.  He's at .302/.397/.460 on the year.

Braves vs. Angels: To no surprise, Chipper Jones will receive a respite from his balky knees over the next two games as he recovers from a slight meniscus tear that could eventually require surgery. He'll play third on Sunday, though, which will open up DH for someone else. The guess here is the injury-prone Jason Heyward draws a start at DH, with Joe Mather or Eric Hinske patrolling the outfield as a result.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Jason Bay could see time in center field

Bay

By Evan Brunell


Jason Bay... center fielder?

That's a possibility as manager Terry Collins noted Saturday, as he wants to get 22-year-old Fernando Martinez in the lineup here and there before Angel Pagan returns from the disabled list.

"[Bay] would do it in a second," Collins told ESPN New York. "There's a possibility of that happening. I don't know when that's going to be, but I think we certainly need to consider a move like that once in a while just to get [Martinez] into games."

Martinez has been ripping the ball at Triple-A and could be Carlos Beltran's permanent replacement in the outfield. The Mets wanted him getting regular at-bats in the minors and were forced to recall Martinez when Ike Davis went down with an injury. However, Collins wants to avoid using Martinez in center, the position he has played 231 out of 342 outfield games down the farm. F-Mart has an arthritic knee, that age age 22, is already comparable to Beltran's and Collins wants to avoid as much wear and tear as possible, given the bright future he has in New York.

"At his age, he's got a similar leg to what Carlos has got," Collins said. "It's not that you worry about him pulling a muscle or something. It's just the wear and tear causes this guy to miss time. We want to try to avoid that if we can. ... There's no question he's going to have to deal with it his whole career. There's nothing you can do anymore. I mean, the wonders of modern medicine certainly might come up with something soon to relieve the issues of the arthritis that has set in there at a young age. But he's just going to have to deal with some discomfort, as Carlos does on a daily basis."

As a result, that pretty much leaves Bay as the only option to play center if Martinez is to play in a game, unless one of Bay or Beltran is benched, like the latter is Saturday with an eye issue. Martinez is in right field as a result, with Scott Hairston in center. Problem: Bay is defensively challenged, only has 37 career games in center and hasn't played there since 2005. It's not exactly a great idea, but the Mets don't have many alternatives at the moment.

One alternative -- even though that would be just one game -- is Carlos Beltran. Collins had previously said Beltran would not play any other outfield position other than right, but appears to be rethinking that as long as it was one game.

"Again, I think it's unfair. He's very, very comfortable right now in right field," Collins said. "I think the fact that he's out there [in right field] is what's kept him in the lineup this much. I talk to this guy every day. So if that's what we think is the best move, I know one thing: Carlos Beltran will be open to anything he can to do to help this club. He's done it so far. He won't change now."

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Davis to DL, Mets promote Martinez

By Matt Snyder

The Mets just can't buy a break. Once Carlos Beltran proved he was healthy and then Jason Bay came off the disabled list, their offense was getting close to full strength -- of course, Angel Pagan went down in the meantime. Now, the Mets have David Wright suffering from a back issue and Ike Davis has been placed on the DL (Steve Popper via Twitter) with an ankle sprain and bone bruise -- both of which he suffered earlier this week in a collision. The Mets reportedly felt like one issue would have been OK to wait out, but both combined meant he was looking at a two-week recovery period, so they elected to make the move. As a corresponding move, the Mets have promoted Fernando Martinez.

Davis, 24, has been one of the Mets' best hitters in the 2011 season, emerging as a solid power source in behind the middle of the order guys. He's hitting .302 with seven home runs, 25 RBI, 20 runs, eight doubles and a .925 OPS, which is superb.

Martinez, 22, was once one of the more highly-touted prospects in baseball, but his stock has fallen the past few years. He's still got plenty of upside. In 19 Triple-A games this season, Martinez is hitting .292 with three home runs, seven RBI and an .838 OPS.

Interesting note, though, is that Martinez is an outfielder. With Davis out, the Mets are starting Daniel Murphy at first base Thursday and there don't appear to be many (any?) other options at this point. Another outfielder, Willie Harris, is filling in at third for Wright. Murphy had been playing mostly at second, so his move to first leaves second to Justin Turner. That means the only backup infielder for the Mets until Wright is ready to go (he's listed as day-to-day) is Chin-lung Hu -- and that's with Willie Harris at third.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Mets send Castillo, Francoeur to bench

Luis Castillo
The Mets' bench got a lot more expensive Saturday, as they decided to let the kids take a shot where the veterans are falling short.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Ruben Tejada, called up Saturday along with Fernando Martinez, will be the everyday second baseman, supplanting Luis Castillo. Outfielder Martinez will be in a right-handed platoon with Jeff Francoeur, meaning he'll get most of the starts. Castillo (pictured) is making $6 million this season and batting .246/.341/.287; Francoeur is making $5 million and batting .241/.295/.378.

"When you lose the games that we've been losing, you just have to try to do something different," general manager Omar Minaya told ESPNNewYork.com. "There's nothing wrong trying something different with young players. ... This is about trying to find something different to get us to score some runs."

Tejada, 20, played 35 games with the Mets previously this season, batting .212. Martinez, 21, batted .176 in 29 games early in 2009.

Putting guys that young with no history of producing in the majors in starting positions looks an awful lot like running up the white flag on the season, but Minaya insists that's not the case.

"It's always developmental when you bring the young kids up," Minaya said. "But we feel we're still in a pennant race."

To make room on the roster for the new arrivals, the Mets sent down Jesus Feliciano and released Alex Cora. Cora, who was having a miserable season at the plate (.207/.265/.278), was 18 games from automatically vesting a $2 million option for 2011.

Francoeur has been a fourth wheel in the Mets outfield since Carlos Beltran's return, but had seen more playing time since Jason Bay went out with a concussion. Now he's back to the bench, and some expect him to ask for a trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Mets prospects to be called up, not traded

The New York Times reports that the reason Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez were pulled from the Mets' Triple-A lineup Friday was because the team plans to call them up, not trade them, as some reports suggested.

ESPNNewYork.com quoted two sources Friday saying the Mets had a trade in place with the Mariners. They still might, but it's not clear what would be involved. The Times expects some kind of roster move announcement later Saturday.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: ESPN.com reports that the Mets have released Alex Cora and demoted Jesus Feliciano, clearing roster spots for Tejada and Martinez.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 1:37 am
 

Mets may be working a trade


The Mets may have a trade working, as prospects Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez were late scratches from Triple-A Buffalo's lineup on Friday.

When asked by Andy Martino of the New York Daily News about the scratches, Mets general manager Omar Minaya said, "I've got nothing to say about that. We'll see."

The team could be calling up the two, or they may have worked out a trade.

The Mets are 2-4 since last Saturday's trade deadline.

Tejada, a second baseman, is hitting .280/.329/.344 with a home run and 16 RBI. Martinez, an outfielder, is hitting .255/.321/.466 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI.

UPDATE: ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin quotes two sources as indicating the Mets have a trade in place with the Mariners. Rubin speculates Martinez could be going to Seattle, while Tejada could be a call-up if the team is able to move second baseman Luis Castillo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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