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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Padres To Sign Nick Martinez To Four-Year Deal

The Padres are signing Nick Martínez to a four-year, $20MM contract, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). The right-hander has spent the past four seasons pitching in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. His contract with the NPB’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks just expired today, but his representatives worked quickly to find him a big league landing spot before the anticipated transactions freeze.

Martínez is making his return to the majors for the first time since 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 10:50 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 02, 2021 at 12:27 AM (#6055769)
You can look him up on b-r too but I'll save you the trouble cuz that's how I roll ...

A non-awful 5th starter type during his MLB tenure (415 IP, not nothing). Remained a starter in Japan and was good (I think?) in 2018, hurt in 2019, mediocre in 2020 and had an ERA under 2 in 2021 although the peripherals don't look nearly that dominant (though they look good). He's turning 31. Four years seems a bit much but $20 M is chump change so why not ... from his perspective, $20 M is probably enough to squeak by on if we can ever depose inflation king Fauci.

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