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Mets put former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers

Jan 9, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

Fernando Martinez

In need of 40-man roster spots after signing Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston the Mets have placed former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

In his early days as a prospect Martinez was rumored to be the centerpiece of nearly every potential Mets trade and Baseball America ranked him as a top-30 prospect in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but leg injuries and mediocre hitting in the upper minors have derailed his career.

Martinez is still only 23 years old, but he hit just .260 with eight homers and a .746 OPS in 63 games at Triple-A last season and has an ugly 158/46 K/BB ratio in 179 career games at the level.

He’s no longer capable of playing center field and hasn’t hit nearly enough to project as a corner outfield asset, but there’s a decent chance some team will take a flier on Martinez now that there’s no real cost or risk to acquiring him.

  1. illegalblues - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    such a pirates move waiting to happen right here

    • bartells42 - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Ya the Pirates love taking on teams former star prospects who never panned out. Tim Alderson, Bryan Morris, Lastings Miiledge, Jeff Clement, Craig Hansen, Andy LaRoche. I bet Martinez will be in right field for the Indianapolis Indians come Apriln

      • tone360 - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Don’t forget Bobby Hill.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      He’ll be claimed by somebody later tonight. Really dumb move by NYM. Why give up a guy with upside for nothing when you weren’t paying him much anyway?

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        You can always pull a player back off of waivers if he’s claimed, so it’s not that big of a deal.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Depends on the type of waivers. I’m not sure which type this is.

      • Aaron Gleeman - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        You can always pull a player back off of waivers if he’s claimed, so it’s not that big of a deal.

        False. That only applies to revocable waivers after the July 31 trading deadline.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        What do you think of the move from the Mets standpoint, Aaron?

      • kranepool - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        Dumb? more like it’s about time. First off F-Mart all of 23 years old has arthritis in his knees which we all know will get worse not better plus his desire to work and make it to the big leagues has been questioned When he made his debut with the Mets a couple of years ago he popped up in one at bat and never ran to first base.

        Give the Sandy Alderson front office credit here for dumping some dead wood

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      It’s the kind of move the Pirates should make.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        (not cutting him…picking him up off waivers)

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Both the Red Sox and the Yankees are checking out the bargain basement this season.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Fully expect Boston to be in on him.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    As an aside, the Jays have just signed Brian Bocock to a minor league contract. With a name like that he deserves his own thread. After all, it is a slow news day and a certain female fan of the Yankees needs a reason to smile.

  4. davebrownspiral - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    You can engrave the name of Fernando Martinez amongst Ryan Thompson, Tim Foli, Alan Zinter, Alex Escobar, Shawn Abner, Dave West, Alex Ochoa, Lastings Millidge, Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson amongst the headstones of the NY Mets “top prospect” graveyard.

    • dan1111 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Hey, the guy’s only 23! It’s a little early to be writing his obituary. While his numbers in AAA aren’t great, he hasn’t had a huge amount of games there between injuries and filling in on the Mets. He may yet pan out with more development.

    • eohlson - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Tim Foli wasn’t a great player, however he
      was better than al those other guys combined.
      Check the record.

  5. itsacurse - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    It’s probably WORSE that he’s 23 and his degenerative knee is already giving him problems.

  6. bbk1000 - Jan 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    The Mets of old would let him go, then trade a #1 for him two years down the road….

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