Martin was designated for assignment on Monday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. He was the casualty when the Nationals needed to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan Raburn, who was promoted to the big leagues. Martin has a 5.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances for Triple-A Syracuse this season.
Martin was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports. He was a long shot to make the 25-man roster, and he will indeed head to the minors to serve as organizational depth. Martin has a 4.50 ERA over 16 career MLB innings, most of which came in 2015. His strikeout rates have been impressive at every stop, but he appears destined for a low-leverage role if he joins the big league club at some point in 2017.
Martin will compete for a spot in the Nationals' bullpen this spring. The 32-year-old has spent the last two seasons bouncing back and forth between Washington and Triple-A Syracuse, and while his minor league K-rate has been good, it come with sometimes shaky control and a sub-90 mph fastball. That's not a combination built for success in the majors, so expect Martin to begin the 2017 season back in the minors and continue providing depth when injuries hit the Nats' staff.
Martin was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Martin was just recalled from Syracuse on Monday, providing temporary depth in the bullpen prior to Lucas Giolito's Tuesday call-up. Martin has otherwise spent all of 2016 in the minors.
Martin was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports. Martin will come up to provide bullpen insurance Monday night, but the belief is that it could only be a one-day stint with the big league club. The Nationals still need to recall a starter to take the hill Tuesday night, so Martin would seem to be the obvious roster casualty when that move is made.
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