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Astros send Mets castoff Fernando Martinez to Triple-A

Mar 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Fernando Martinez

Back in January the Astros claimed outfielder Fernando Martinez off waivers from the Mets and today Houston optioned the one-time top prospect to Triple-A.

Being cut loose by the Mets for nothing and not being able to crack the Astros’ roster certainly aren’t good signs for Martinez, but he’s still just 23 years old and could definitely benefit from the chance to get healthy and spend some time at Triple-A.

Houston used the No. 1 waiver priority to snag Martinez, whose chronic knee problems and lack of development while being rushed through New York’s farm system have caused his stock to plummet in recent years. At this point it’s tough to project Martinez as much more than a useful regular, but if healthy he should get a chance with the Astros soon enough.

  1. stosh68 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    If being in the minor leagues for 6 years is rushing somebody, then yes he was rushed.

    • Aaron Gleeman - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Martinez was at Double-A as an 18-year-old and reached the majors as a 20-year-old. If that isn’t rushed, I don’t know what is.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Wow – dumped by the Mutts and exiled by the Astros to AAA. He must be feeling like Billy Bob Thornton at the end of A Simple Plan by now.

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