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Yankees get one-time Mets top prospect Fernando Martinez from Astros

Jun 19, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Fernando Martinez was once an elite prospect in the Mets’ farm system, but they let him go for nothing last year and now the Astros have soured on him as well, trading the 24-year-old outfielder to the Yankees for rookie-ball pitcher Charles Basford.

I’m sure Mets fans are dreading the possibility of Martinez suddenly figuring things out with the Yankees, but he’s hit just .206 with a .630 OPS and 72/14 K/BB ratio in 99 games as a major leaguer and has a mediocre .805 career OPS in 297 games at Triple-A.

Injuries and poor plate discipline have doomed Martinez, who cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list in four consecutive seasons and made the top 30 in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

  1. jfk69 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Alex will take him under his wing. Nothing a little juice can’t fix.

    • jdd428 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      I think he already did – FMart is one of the 20 names on MLB’s Biogenesis hit list.

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Can’t wait to see what “K-Long” is able to do with him.

    • dondada10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      In fairness, he’s long been known as “F-Mart” by Mets fans.

      Should fit right in.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      He wouldn’t be able to get him to cut down on the strike outs, but he’ll have him trying to pull everything in no time!

  3. hansob - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    He was about the only guy the Twins couldn’t get the Mets to give up in the Johan Santana trade (not that the Twins reaped many benefits from that deal).

    • neoshweaty - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Funny how that works. F-Mart is probably AT BEST a replacement level player and one of the other pieces that the Mets seems all to willing to part with (Carlos Gomez) has really come into his own over the last half of last season and this season. I remember the hype machine in the mets organization about him. About his effortless power and the 5 tools he had and blah blah blah. Never could stay healthy or hit much at all. Seems like a lifetime ago.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Wow, Cashman traded for someone who isn’t 35-38 yrs old and injury prone.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      My bad, it appears he is injury prone.

      Cashman! Cashman!

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