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    Mets place one time blue chip prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers

    Rubin:

    One-time top prospect Fernando Martinez as well as left-hander Daniel Herrera may be in their final days with the organization. A source told ESPNNewYork.com that both players are on waivers to clear the roster spots for Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno.

    Martinez, 23, has faded as a prospect because of continual leg injuries. Even when healthy, an arthritic knee limits his mobility in the outfield. If Martinez clears waivers, the Mets can option him to Triple-A Buffalo. But Martinez's reputation could prompt another team to claim him at least to take a shot.

    Martinez hit .227 in 11 games with the Mets last season. He hit .260 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 223 at-bats at Triple-A Buffalo.
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    Dark dark days in Flushing.

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    Should have traded him when they had the chance... Wilpons are cursed....

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    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/0...tral-team.html


    Astros Claim Fernando Martinez

    By Tim Dierkes [January 11, 2012 at 1:35pm CST]

    1:35pm: The Astros claimed Martinez, tweets ESPNNewYork's Adam Rubin. They had the first crack at Martinez in the waiver process, with MLB's worst record in 2011.

    11:53am: Mets outfielder Fernando Martinez will be claimed shortly by an NL Central team, tweets ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The team appears to be the Astros, based on this tweet from Rojas.

    Baseball America named Martinez one of the top 100 prospects in the game before each of the 2007-10 seasons, and at age 23, he's worth a 40-man roster spot for new Houston GM Jeff Luhnow. Injuries, selectivity, and plate coverage have limited Martinez thus far, wrote Baseball America a year ago.


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    The last thing a team like the Mets should be doing is cutting a guy like him. They're not going anywhere this year, why give up on a prospect (even though he's failed before) for a utility guy?

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    He's older then he's listed for sure and hasn't developed so it's a shame really

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    This is a prime example for why you don't hold onto a prospect if you have the chance to turn him into a proven MLB star. Now I don't know the history of F-Mart trade rumors, but a lot of times fans cry foul when trading prospects, but we have to remember, that is all they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adb280z View Post
    The last thing a team like the Mets should be doing is cutting a guy like him. They're not going anywhere this year, why give up on a prospect (even though he's failed before) for a utility guy?
    He'd better hit enough to justify playing a corner spot or 1st base... with that knee, options are limited.

    Escobar, Ochoa, Martinez... the list of "5-tool" OFers amounting to nothing continues...

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    Can someone mention the Yankees so that Ernie might actually post in a Mets thread for once?

    Thankee.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Can someone mention the Yankees so that Ernie might actually post in a Mets thread for once?

    Thankee.




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    Yet, here you are posting in a Met thread. Odd, huh?

    On topic, Fernandez is just another in a long line of supposed 5 tool outfielders the Mets overvalued. The franchise has never been great at producing an abundance of homegrown, great OF's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Dierking View Post
    Yet, here you are posting in a Met thread. Odd, huh?

    On topic, Fernandez is just another in a long line of supposed 5 tool outfielders the Mets overvalued. The franchise has never been great at producing an abundance of homegrown, great OF's
    +1 on Brother Green's continued obsession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Dierking View Post
    Yet, here you are posting in a Met thread. Odd, huh?
    Trying to lure Ernie out of the Yankee threads. Stratergy.



    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    +1 on Brother Green's continued obsession.


    Your feelings on Brother Dierking's sage, baseball related comment?

    Then I'll leave you two alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Trying to lure Ernie out of the Yankee threads. Stratergy.







    Your feelings on Brother Dierking's sage, baseball related comment?

    Then I'll leave you two alone.

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    Injuries have derailed his promising career. At least he has something in common with Brother Posada, they both will never make the HOF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    Injuries have derailed his promising career. At least he has something in common with Brother Posada, they both will never make the HOF.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Dierking View Post
    Yet, here you are posting in a Met thread. Odd, huh?

    On topic, Fernandez is just another in a long line of supposed 5 tool outfielders the Mets overvalued. The franchise has never been great at producing an abundance of homegrown, great OF's
    It wasn't just the Mets 'overvaluing' him....it was Baseball America who had him as a top 30 prospect in the game 3 years in a row and everyone else for that matter.

    But it's more a sad tale about a young guy who just couldn't stay healthy. He's been trying for a half-dozen years now and hasn't had 100 games in a season yet, and worse of all, he's developed arthritis in his knees, so the odds of him staying healthy in the future are slim since arthritis is by definition, a degenerative condition. Because of all that, he doesn't run nearly as well as he used to, so now he's probably a DH in reality, perhaps passable in Corner OF, but no longer an asset there, and he's missed so much developmental time that his offensive game hasn't really developed like many thought it would.

    Still, I would agree to the many that have pointed out the Mets have lesser players clogging up the 40 man, so I don't really get the timing.

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