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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

F-Mart to the Houston Astros

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One-time top Mets prospect Fernando Martinez is now a Houston Astro.

Houston, which has first dibs in waiver claims by virtue of its MLB-worst record in 2011, selected the 23-year-old outfielder…

Because Martinez has an option remaining, he needs to remain on Houston’s 40-man roster, but can be optioned to Triple-A in spring training if he does not make the major league club.

Martinez is a lifetime .183 hitter with two homers and 12 RBIs in 131 at-bats spanning the past three seasons. His biggest obstacle has been injuries, including an arthritic knee that severely limits his mobility, even when technically healthy. Including his major league activity, Martinez has averaged only 77 games a regular season since 2006.

The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2012 at 04:45 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Banta Posted: January 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4034600)
Seeing as how the VERY first team eligible claimed him, it would seem he has some value... I can't believe that Ronny Cedeno is more important. Couldn't the Mets have at least gotten a rookie-ball live arm or something earlier in the offseason if they had determined they were getting rid of him? Somewhere, Rasky is rolling in his grave.
   2. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4034610)
Definitely the type of move the Astros need to be making. They need any upside they can find at the moment.
   3. TerpNats Posted: January 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM (#4034635)
A gamble worth taking for Houston. The good thing for the Mets is that he can only torture them directly this year, because in 2013 his NY trips will be to the Bronx, not Queens.
   4. Champions Table Posted: January 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4034639)
Jordan Schafer and Fernando Martinez ... The Astros appear to be following the busted prospects trail blazed by the likes of the A's and Pirates.

Edit: Changed buted to busted.
   5. Champions Table Posted: January 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4034641)
And how could I forget Brett Wallace?
   6. Adam Starblind Posted: January 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4034648)
This makes little sense from Alderson's perspective, but I think it's pretty unlikely that Fartinez amounts to anything at this point.
   7. Lassus Posted: January 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4034652)
Fartinez

I hate to say this, but that made me chuckle.
   8. Tuque Posted: January 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM (#4034685)
Fartinez

That is so much better than "F-Mart."
   9. Adam Starblind Posted: January 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4034690)
Can't take credit, but yes it is.
   10. Tuque Posted: January 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM (#4034698)
A brief Google search also reveals that it is actually a real last name as well. And the world suddenly became a much brighter place.
   11. jingoist Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4034703)
The world became brighter because someone lit a match and Fartinez shone brightly
   12. thetailor (Brian) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4034707)
Well, there goes my theory that his medical reports came back so bad that he was unlikely to ever play again. No idea how this makes sense for the Mets...
   13. Adam Starblind Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4034713)
[12] Does it? Do the Astros get to see those before making a waiver claim?
   14. thetailor (Brian) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4034734)
[13] You're right, I don't know. And for what it's worth, Fernando Martinez with no knees might actually be an improvement over the stuff the Astros are putting out there.
   15. Benji Posted: January 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM (#4034809)
Good for Fernando. He got to escape The Ship Of Fools. I hope he gets healthy and sticks it right up their dupas.

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