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August 10, 2020 02:24 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Enjoying solid August
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, who went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday, is hitting .294 (5-for-17) with a double, Saturday's homer, three RBI, two walks and a run over his first five games of August.

The veteran has been consistently on base thus far, hitting safely in four of those contests and producing one multi-hit effort. Martinez has appeared as the designated hitter in all eight games he's played in this season, although he did take reps at first base in both spring training and summer camp and could be utilized there on occasion as well. However, prior seasons have shown Martinez's strong suit is definitely the bat, as his defense was often a liability in St. Louis.

July 29, 2020 12:20 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Another multi-hit effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Martinez, often referred to during his days as a Cardinal as simply a "professional hitter" for his natural ability in the batter's box, continues to live up to that term in the early going of the 2020 season. The 32-year-old has quickly discarded any rust brought about by his delayed July 17 arrival at summer camp, now having put together back-to-back two-hit efforts and pushing his average to .313 with Tuesday's production.

July 27, 2020 11:08 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Clubs first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's 14-5 rout of Atlanta.

He took Grant Dayton deep in the eighth inning for his first homer as a Ray. Martinez has started three of four games to begin the season, all of them at DH, and with his bat beginning to warm up he figures to continue getting consistent playing time despite Tampa's impressive roster depth.

July 22, 2020 06:48 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: On track for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Martinez is expected to be available for the start of the season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran slugger reported to camp less than a week ago, but he wasted little time and was starting intrasquad games within two days of his arrival. Martinez is unlikely to step into a regular starting role during his first year with the Rays, but his career .976 OPS against left-handers should warrant some opportunities.

July 19, 2020 07:16 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Gets solid work in Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez completed defensive drills before playing first base and logging four at-bats in an intrasquad game Sunday, reports.

The veteran has unsurprisingly been put right to work since his delayed arrival in camp Friday, and Sunday was his busiest day yet. Martinez took three of his at-bats against right-handed pitchers but also particularly hit the ball hard versus southpaw Aaron Loup, and his performance caught the eye of manager Kevin Cash, who will likely be closer to a decision on Martinez's Opening Day status after Wednesday's camp session. "Really wanted to prioritize getting him at-bats," said Cash. "It was for him to get out there and get at least three innings on his feet and on defense, get a little bit of the feel, the flow of the game and we'll continue to build."

July 20, 2020 02:12 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Starting intrasquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez is starting at first base in Sunday's intrasquad game, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 31-year-old didn't report to camp until Friday, but manager Kevin Cash indicated he could be available for Opening Day, and his presence in Sunday's intrasquad action reinforces that possibility. Martinez appears to be trending in the right direction, and he seems likely to be ready for the start of the season, assuming everything goes well this week.

July 18, 2020 07:00 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Fighting chance for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, who arrived in summer camp Friday after quarantining due to a positive COVID-19 test, still has a chance to be in the Opening Day lineup despite his delayed start, Juan Toribio of reports. "If all goes well, I certainly think we can envision him being ready for an Opening Day opportunity," manager Kevin Cash said. "If there's a guy that's capable of doing it ... Jose will probably fit in that category."

The offseason acquisition was limited to riding a stationary bike Saturday, and he's slated to continue working on his conditioning Sunday. However, Martinez is also scheduled to participate in defensive drills with third-base coach Rodney Linares and even take some at-bats against live pitching. Working in Martinez's favor in his race against the clock is the fact he had a strong spring training and also was attending informal workouts at Tropicana Field before summer camp began, meaning he may have just enough time to get his timing sufficiently down before Opening Day.

July 18, 2020 11:40 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Arrives at camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was on the field for workouts Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martinez was absent from the first several weeks of camp, but his presence at Friday's workouts signals that he's cleared intake testing. It's unclear what physical state he's in, and with Opening Day less than a week away, whether he'll be available to begin the regular season remains to be seen. Martinez was traded to the Rays in January after slashing .269/.340/.410 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 2019.

July 3, 2020 01:00 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Absent from workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was not seen at the Rays' workout Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Expect there to be several unexplained absences across the league in the next few days. Whether or not those absences are due to COVID-19 test results is something that teams will legally be unable to confirm.

May 25, 2020 05:36 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Participates in first Trop workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was able to join more than a dozen teammates for limited workouts at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The offseason acquisition took advantage of what was the first opportunity for Rays players to work out together in more than two months. Participants were able to play catch, run, use free weights in a makeshift gym and also complete plyometric jumps and other exercises during Monday's session, which was conducted in groups of two. Although Martinez, who likely wants to get plenty of work on his swing after hitting just .179 across 11 Grapefruit League games, won't have access to the batting cages this week, Topkin reports that could change as early as next week.

April 20, 2020 08:36 PM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Should be constant versus lefties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez should be a fixture in the lineup when the Rays face a left-hander this coming season, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martinez owns a career .331/.405/.570 line and .410 wOBA across 298 plate appearances versus southpaws, so it's certainly evident why manager Kevin Cash would want to work the 30-year-old into the starting nine when a lefty is on the hill. However, given Martinez's defensive limitations, the overwhelming majority of those instances will likely see him fill the designated hitter role, which some reports indicate could be applied universally during an abbreviated 2020 campaign. The Rays attempted to give Martinez plenty of reps at first base this spring, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously noted the offseason acquisition made very limited defensive progress at best before play was paused.

March 23, 2020 01:00 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Scuffles at plate early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez hit .179 (5-for-28) with two RBI, two walks and one run across 11 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.

Martinez's track record at the plate over the previous three seasons in St. Louis lends credence to the notion that his spring struggles aren't lasting. That's good news for the Rays, who project to lean heavily on Martinez for designated-hitter duties this coming season, especially since his defense continued to be highly questionable before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ideally, manager Kevin Cash will be able to rely on Martinez to occasionally draw starts at first base so that he can maximize opportunities to get the 31-year-old's typically potent bat in the lineup.

February 18, 2020 10:52 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Working diligently on defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, who's already been in Rays camp for a week, is working on his defense with third-base coach Rodney Linares on a daily basis, Juan Toribio of reports.

The offseason acquisition has unsurprisingly already caught the eye of coaches with his work in batting practice, with manager Kevin Cash praising how natural and relaxed Martinez is as a hitter. The 31-year-old's ability to produce at the plate is already well corroborated from his time with the Cardinals, but he is a very poor defender in the outfield and at first base. The Rays have the luxury of the designated hitter spot in terms of ensuring Martinez's bat remains in the lineup as frequently as possible, but they are understandably going to do their due diligence with regards to seeing how playable they can make him in the field. If there were an easy fix to his defensive woes, it probably would have already been unlocked, so don't expect him to get more than a handful of non-DH starts this year.

January 10, 2020 03:00 AM
Rays' Jose Martinez: Dealt to Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, Randy Arozarena and a Compensation A pick were traded from the Cardinals to the Rays in exchange for Matt Liberatore, a catching prospect and a Compensation B pick Thursday night, Jeff Passan of reports.

Martinez took a step back at the dish in 2019, slashing .269/.340/.410 with 10 homers and 42 RBI over 128 contests compared to a .305/.364/.457 slash line with 17 long balls and 83 RBI in 2018 (152 contests). The slugger started 75 matchups for the Cardinals in right field, though he also made seven starts in left and eight as the designated hitter. He'll likely have to compete for playing time in right field with Hunter Renfroe (foot) in the spring, although the Rays could also elect to give him regular time in the DH slot, allowing for more power in the starting nine.

September 26, 2019 11:40 PM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Big day at dish
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Martinez drew his first start since Sept. 1 and took advantage by playing a key role in the team's offensive output. He began his productive afternoon by smacking a two-run double in the third inning, and followed that up with a leadoff triple to start the fifth inning. He ended the contest just a homer shy of the cycle, but he will need more consistent playing time to be a reliable producer.

September 23, 2019 02:08 PM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Comes through as pinch hitter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez entered Sunday's win over the Cubs as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth and laced a triple in his only at-bat.

Martinez led off the frame with his three-bagger and was immediately lifted for pinch runner Tyler O'Neill, who subsequently scored the tying run on a Tommy Edman single. Martinez has been stuck in a pinch-hitting role for almost the entirety of September, but manager Mike Shildt has previously praised the veteran's positive, team-oriented mindset despite the lack of playing time. Accordingly, Martinez has remained serviceable despite the limited opportunity, going 3-for-12 with a walk and Sunday's three-bagger as a pinch hitter during the current month.

September 15, 2019 10:52 AM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Stuck in pinch-hitting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez has not logged a start since returning from the injured list Sept. 1 and has a single and a walk in seven pinch-hit plate appearances during that span.

Martinez has essentially been stuck in a numbers game, as an outfield mix of Dexter Fowler, Harrison Bader and Marcell Ozuna has performed well enough to keep him on the bench for the time being. Despite having previously been used to regular playing time, Anne Rogers of reports Martinez is taking the current situation in stride, knowing that manager Mike Shildt has to prioritize putting out an optimal lineup with a postseason berth at stake. "Of course, you want to go out and do your thing," Martinez said. "But I had chances and opportunities to go out there and get the confidence, and I didn't. So, I think this is the job I have right now on this team. ... I'm trying to get ready, trying to get ready for any situation."

September 1, 2019 10:32 AM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list and is starting in right field in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Martinez advanced to playing defense during his final two rehab games with Double-A Springfield, so it's no surprise to see him back with the Cardinals as rosters expand Sunday. The 31-year-old landed on the IL on Aug. 12 with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder and was struggling since the All-Star break with a .628 OPS in 25 contests.

August 31, 2019 12:48 PM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Playing defense on rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (shoulder) is 4-for-7 with an RBI over his last two rehab games with Double-A Springfield and has played a combined 11 innings in right field during those games.

Martinez continues to perform well with the bat at the Double-A level, but that it isn't exactly surprising for a hitter of his talent. However, what is encouraging is the fact he's been able to return to the field over the last pair of contests. Martinez may work up to a full game on defense before activation, but that doesn't figure to be an absolute necessity, given that he's been swinging the bat well and has hit safely in all five rehab games.

August 29, 2019 11:36 AM
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Works up to full game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (shoulder) went 2-for-4 in Double-A Springfield's win over Frisco on Wednesday while playing a full game as the designated hitter.

The game marked Martinez's first full rehab outing over his first three games at Springfield. The recovering 31-year-old has hit safely in each of those contests, but he's yet to play in the field.

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