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December 20, 2018 12:04 PM
Nick Martinez: Stays put in Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez will remain with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball league in 2019 after the team exercised its $2.5 million club option, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

It's a hefty payout for the right-hander, who likely would have fetched a far lower sum had he returned to North America after accruing a 4.77 ERA and measly 5.1 K/9 over parts of four seasons in the majors between 2014 and 2017. Since Martinez is still just 28 years old, there's still a chance he could resurface stateside at some point down the line.

January 6, 2018 06:52 PM
Nick Martinez: Signs to play in Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) signed a contract with the Nippon-Ham Fighters on Saturday, Jon Heyman of reports.

Martinez is headed overseas after the Rangers declined to tender him a contract for 2018. He failed to impress in his last season in the majors, compiling a 5.66 ERA and 67:28 K:BB across 111.1 innings (18 starts, 23 total appearances). The 27-year-old will look to get back on track in Japan.

December 1, 2017 07:52 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Non-tendered by Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers declined to tender Martinez (groin) a contract for 2018.

The right-hander performed at a replacement level in 23 appearances (18 starts) with the Rangers last season. He posted a strong 2.3 BB/9 rate, but much of that was undone by frequent contact (5.4 K/9), with a lot of those balls being well struck (2.1 HR/9). Assuming he's fully recovered from sports hernia surgery, Martinez figures to compete for a rotation spot somewhere in spring training, but he is likely better utilized as a long-relief option out of the bullpen.

November 13, 2017 02:16 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Undergoes sports hernia surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez underwent surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

At this point in time, it's expected that Martinez will be in full health once spring training arrives. During the 2017 season, Martinez posted an unimpressive 5.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 23 games (111.1 innings). He's expected to be in the mix for one of the final spots in the Texas rotation to begin 2018.

September 27, 2017 05:52 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Surrenders six runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (3-8) allowed six runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out two batters through five innings to take the loss against Houston on Wednesday.

Unless Martinez makes a surprise appearance out of the bullpen, he will finish the campaign with a 5.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 5.4 K/9 through 111.1 innings. The 27-year-old righty has bounced between the Texas rotation and bullpen over the past few seasons without consistent success, so there's unlikely to be a significant change at this stage of his career. Outside of AL-only setups, Martinez should probably be off the fantasy radar in the majority of settings entering 2017.

September 23, 2017 08:28 AM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Takes loss despite quality start Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (3-7) took the loss against the A's on Friday, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over six innings.

He eked out his first quality start in September and his seventh of the season. Martinez's 5.42 ERA and 5.5 K/9 have made him a liability in most fantasy formats, but he'll still take the mound one more time this season at home against the Astros on Wednesday.

September 18, 2017 09:32 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Will remain in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Martinez will remain in the rotation this week and start Friday against the Athletics, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Martinez has jostled among the Rangers' rotation, their bullpen, and Triple-A Round Rock throughout the season, but at least while the team remains in contention for a wild-card spot, it appears the right-hander will stick in a starting role with the big club. With a 5.47 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 5.3 K/9 rate in the majors this season, Martinez offers limited upside in the fantasy realm, but so long as he's able to eat some innings, that should be enough to keep him in the rotation over the struggling A.J. Griffin.

September 16, 2017 02:44 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Allows four runs in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

This wasn't a very strong showing, but Martinez at least allowed the Rangers to hang around throughout most of the game. It's not entirely clear if Martinez will continue on in the rotation over the rest of the season, but if he does, he will remain merely a low-upside AL-only streamer. He has a 5.47 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 59:26 K:BB over 100.1 innings this season.

September 13, 2017 03:48 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Expected to join rotation Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez is listed as the Rangers' probable starter for Friday's game against the Angels, reports.

Manager Jeff Banister acknowledged earlier this week that A.J. Griffin was at risk of losing his rotation spot after four poor outings in a row, and it appears the Rangers skipper has decided to bite the bullet and turn to a new fifth starter in Martinez. The right-hander has shuttled between starting and relief duties all season to poor results, with his 5.40 ERA and 5.4 K/9 rate over 95 innings limiting his fantasy appeal. While he'll have more value in a starting role, Martinez's shaky track record won't make him an enticing streamer in most deeper mixed leagues.

September 11, 2017 10:08 AM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Fails to provide aid in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez retired two batters and was charged with four runs on five hits in Sunday's 16-7 loss to the Yankees.

Rangers skipper Jeff Banister pulled starter A.J. Griffin from the contest with two runners on and no outs in the fourth inning with the team trailing 3-1, hoping that Martinez, who hadn't pitched since Sept. 4, would be able to snuff out any Yankees rally. That wouldn't be the case, however, as Martinez allowed four consecutive hits before generating a double play, and then served up an Aaron Judge solo shot before Banister pulled him from the contest with the Rangers down eight runs. Martinez had typically fared well in his previous relief outings with the big club, but the right-hander's ugly showing Sunday may relegate his usage to lower-leverage mop-up situations through the end of the season.

September 4, 2017 07:56 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Available out of bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that Martinez was available out of the bullpen for Sunday's game against the Angels, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Though Martinez ended up going unused Sunday, it's expected that barring injury, he'll remain in a relief role for the rest of the season after the team acquired Miguel Gonzalez from the White Sox last week to fill out the rotation. Much like Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Martinez will likely serve as a long man in the bullpen, mopping up during blowout contests or covering multiple innings when any of the team's rotation members turn in abbreviated starts.

September 1, 2017 11:00 AM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Expected to lose rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez is expected to move to the bullpen after the Rangers acquired starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez from the White Sox on Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock last week to replace the struggling Tyson Ross in the rotation and made his second start Thursday, covering five innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six in a loss to the Astros. Though Martinez has looked good in both of his outings since being recalled from Triple-A, he's struggled mightily on the whole this season, submitting a 5.17 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 92.1 innings with the big club. He's now in line to act as a swingman during the Rangers' playoff push in September, primarily serving in long relief and perhaps stepping in for spot starts when the need arises.

August 31, 2017 04:56 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Fans six through five frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (3-6) allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six batters through five innings during Thursday's loss to Houston.

Martinez has been bouncing between the bullpen and rotation since June, but this was his fourth consecutive start, and it was also the best of the four outings. He entered Thursday's game with a 5.51 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through his prior 14 starts, so while this was a better showing, Martinez is still far from a go-to fantasy option in most settings. If he sticks in the rotation for another turn, Martinez lines up to face Atlanta at SunTrust Park in his next start.

August 31, 2017 10:48 AM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Will start Thursday vs. Astros
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez will start Thursday's game against the Astros, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Heading into the week, it appeared Cole Hamels would be in line to pick up the start for the series finale, but after the staff ace struggled in his last outing Aug. 26 against the Athletics, the Rangers elected to bump him back a day in the rotation, allowing Martinez to pick up the Thursday start. Martinez has submitted an unimpressive 5.26 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 87.1 innings with the big club this season, but turned in one of his more impressive performances of the campaign while replacing Tyson Ross in the rotation last weekend. The right-hander covered seven innings against the Athletics in a losing effort, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks while tying his season high with seven strikeouts.

August 26, 2017 06:44 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Takes loss despite quality start against A's
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings but took the loss Friday against Oakland.

Martinez was making his first major-league start since he was sent down Aug. 7. Despite the loss, Martinez managed his first quality start since June 20. Given Tyson Ross's struggles this year, the Rangers desperately need starting pitch depth, so Martinez has probably earned himself at least one more trip through the rotation.

August 25, 2017 06:08 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Recalled ahead of Friday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and will start Friday against the A's.

The Rangers had already announced Martinez as Friday's starter and he's now officially back on the active roster, replacing Nick Gardewine. Martinez had some initial success this season, but he's posted a 5.88 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 33:22 K:BB in his last 14 appearances with Texas (67.1 innings). He's not a recommended play, even in a favorable matchup.

August 25, 2017 12:56 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: To start Friday against Athletics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez will return to the majors and start Friday against the Athletics, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Rangers are sending Tyson Ross to the bullpen, and Martinez will take his place. Martinez had a poor 5.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 38.2 innings for Texas earlier this season, but he's been dominant for Triple-A Round Rock, where he has a 2.15 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over six starts. Expect an official move to be made after Thursday's game.

August 9, 2017 10:04 AM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

After yielding 12 runs over 9.1 innings in a pair of starts last week, Martinez's chances of sticking around in the rotation were never great, but it appeared he might have gained some hope after Andrew Cashner (neck) was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Mets. It remains unclear if Cashner will require a trip to the disabled list, but even if that's the case, the Rangers seem content to explore other starting options, as Martinez has proven ill suited for a rotation spot. He's run up a 5.38 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 80.1 innings in the big leagues this season.

August 6, 2017 06:36 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Lasts just four frames against Twins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez allowed five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters through just four innings during Sunday's loss to Minnesota. He didn't factor into the decision.

Martinez has now allowed 16 runs through 14.1 innings over his past three starts and owns a 5.38 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 4.8 K/9 for the campaign. Additionally, his spot in the Texas rotation probably isn't secure, and especially with his recent underwhelming results. Outside of cavernous fantasy settings, Martinez is probably best ignored. He lines up for a daunting matchup against the Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington next, too.

August 2, 2017 05:16 PM
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Will receive another start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez will make his next start Sunday against the Twins.

After he was blitzed for seven runs over 5.1 innings while replacing Yu Darvish in the rotation in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, Martinez seemed bound to return to Triple-A Round Rock, but manager Jeff Banister determined the right-hander was worthy of a shot at redemption. With a 5.07 ERA and 4.5 K/9 rate over 76.1 innings this season, Martinez hasn't provided much evidence to suggest he's capable of turning things around, so it wouldn't be surprising if he was dropped from the rotation next week in the event Tyson Ross (finger) is cleared to return from the 10-day disabled list.

Situational Stats
vs Oakland 19.002 4.260414
vs LHB 47.100 6.0801930
vs RHB 64.000 5.340937
Last 7 Games
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week

Pitching Stats
2014TEX512 4.5529240000 140.115079711835577
2015TEX77 3.9624210000 125.0135665516134677
2016TEX23 5.591250000 38.2452424851916
2017TEX13 5.24880000 44.25028261111126
Total 1525 4.5473580000 348.23801971765322131196
Batting Stats
2014TEX32310000200 .000 .000 .000
2015TEX24420000100 .000 .000 .000
2016TEX12200000100 .000 .000 .000
2017TEX8100001100 .500 .000 .000
Total 761030001500 .091 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
2015TEXP24212361342 .826
2017TEXP88124710 .917
Total  735861223454 .918
More Pitching Stats
2014TEX1115210 0.6044107 .275610 13.3 .4530
2015TEX2147140 1.1672104 .274558 14.0 .4500
2016TEX15242 1.4351100 .290179 16.1 .5230
2017TEX05253 1.0420001 .281193 12.5 .5170
Total 4366445 0.911873012 .2771540 13.8 .4680
Minor League Pitching Stats
2011ASX-Spokane Indians12 2.5497000 39.0371811021637
2011R-Azl Rangers21 1.8964000 19.0216400219
2012AFX-Hickory Crawdads86 4.833120001117.112166638437109
2013AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican107 2.872221100119.110647385738105
2013AA-Frisco Roughriders20 1.1354000 32.0116410723
2014AA-Frisco Roughriders00 1.8622000 9.28220179
2015AAA-Round Rock Express11 2.9066000 31.032121012718
2016AAA-Round Rock Express76 3.911816000 99.01094743761767
2016AA-Frisco RoughRiders00 3.0011000 6.04221017

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