The Astros released outfielder J.D. Martinez on Saturday, the team announced. The move helps clear a roster spot for young players at Triple-A.
Martinez, 26, is a career .251/.300/.387 hitter with 24 home runs in parts of three seasons with Houston. He was never able to build on the .274/.319/.423 batting line he put in 53 games in 2011.
After the news was announced, GM Jeff Luhnow explained the move in an odd way while talking to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
Astros release jd martinez. luhnow says he could help someone, says choice shows reflects a "victim of our own success"— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 22, 2014
A victim of their own success, huh? I understand Luhnow was referring to the team's strong farm system and plethora of young outfielders, but I'm not sure the GM of a club that has lost at least 106 games in three straight years should use the word "success" to describe anything they've done lately, especially when fans are being alienated.
I don't know, it seems to me most teams would look to replace a corner outfielder with a career 88 OPS+ and a poor glove. Not sure any others would use that as an example of "success."