Dark dark days in Flushing.
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.
Last edited by Mantle & Namath; 01-09-2012 at 04:47 PM.
Dark dark days in Flushing.
Should have traded him when they had the chance... Wilpons are cursed....
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.
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's older then he's listed for sure and hasn't developed so it's a shame really
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.
Can someone mention the Yankees so that Ernie might actually post in a Mets thread for once?
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.