Mets Signal Jose Martinez
2:40pm: The Mets have introduced the signing. A corresponding 40-man roster transfer wasn’t crucial, because the Mets already had a number of open areas.
1:46pm: The Mets have agreed to a one-year, break up contract with free agent outfielder/first baseman Jose Martinez, experiences USA Immediately’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter hyperlink). If he makes the Main League roster, he’ll obtain a $1MM wage with as much as $500Okay obtainable in further incentives. Within the minors, he’ll earn at a $225Okay clip, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (Twitter hyperlink). Martinez is represented by Octagon.
The 2020 season was a forgettable one for Martinez, who posted an terrible .182/.265/.295 slash in 98 plate appearances between the Rays and the Cubs. That line included a very woeful stretch following a commerce from Tampa to Chicago that noticed him go hitless in 22 plate appearances as a Cub.
Previous to the 2020 season, nevertheless, Martinez was a extremely productive part-time participant with the Cardinals. From 2017-19, Martinez batted a mixed .296/.361/.458 with 41 homers, 56 doubles and three triples in 1270 journeys to the plate. His right-handed bat was a menace to left-handed pitching, specifically; Martinez owned southpaws with a .323/.401/.570 slash in that point.
Martinez nonetheless has a pair of minor league choices remaining, so he doesn’t essentially must make the Opening Day roster out of Spring Coaching. He completed up the 2020 season with simply over 4 years of service time, so he’s controllable via the 2022 season at current, though if he spends even three or 4 weeks within the minors, his path to free company could be pushed again a yr.
After all, Martinez first must make the large league roster and reestablish himself as a reputable large league hitter earlier than that’s even a consideration. A rebound with the bat is of specific significance for the 28-year-old, as he doesn’t deliver any actual defensive worth to the desk. Martinez has ample expertise in each outfield corners and at first base, however he charges as a properly below-average defender in any respect three positions.