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Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

Fernando Martinez

As expected, Fernando Martinez didn’t make it very far on the waiver wire after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Mets earlier this week. One spot, in fact.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the 23-year-old former top prospect was snatched up by the Astros, who have the No. 1 waiver priority by virtue of their MLB-worst 56-106 record last season.

Martinez’s stock has plummeted during the past couple years because of chronic knee problems and mediocre production in the minors, but he’s certainly still worth taking a flier on for a rebuilding, talent-starved team like the Astros.

Mets fans are no doubt frustrated to lose Martinez for nothing after years of seeing him rumored to be the centerpiece of various blockbuster trade possibilities, but at this point his value is pretty marginal and general manager Sandy Alderson surely tried to get something in return for him via trade before placing him on waivers.

Blame injuries and the previous regime’s maddening tendency to rush top prospects through the minors. Or the fact that even the best prospects fail to pan out half the time, especially when the hype machine starts as a teenager.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Who knows, maybe a change of scenery will do the trick. Lord knows the Astros could use a bright light.

  2. Nick C - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Not surprised in the least that Luhnow snapped him up. The Cards see alot of the Mets in Spring Training and as a result they saw quite a bit of Martinez. Furthermore, he always performed well in ST against the Cards. I think the familiarity and upside made this an easy pickup for Luhnow. Not to mention the fact that it cost virtually nothing and the Astros have very little in the farm anyway.

  3. stex52 - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    What you guys said. The cupboard is pretty bare, and most of the good prospects are at Single A/ Double A. And sometimes it’s hard to judge in the Astros farm leagues because Single A Lancaster is a launching pad.

    Hope this guy can heal and get it together.

  4. cool10857 - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    The Mets SUCK!

  5. metcalfer - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I guess his age (23), salary ($400K), and still have minor league option was made it an easy choice. He’s been injuried every year. As of right now I see him nothing more than a career minor leaguer. I would like to know what teams put a claim in.

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