Martinez, Herrera On Waivers

Former top prospect Fernando Martinez and left-handed reliever Danny Herrera are on waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The Mets need to clear 40-man roster space for Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno.

Martinez, 23, has a .183/.250/.290 line in 145 plate appearances with the Mets since 2009. He spent most of the 2011 season at Triple-A, posting a .260/.329/.417 line with 19 extra base hits in 250 plate appearances. Baseball America named him one of the top 100 prospects in the game before each of the 2007-10 seasons.

Herrera, 27, joined the Mets in last summer's Francisco Rodriguez trade. The sidearmer pitched 9 2/3 innings in the Major Leagues in 2011 and spent most of the season at Triple-A. He posted a 2.20 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 for the top affiliates of the Brewers and Mets. He can declare free agency if he clears waivers.


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  1. Blue387 3 years ago

    Martinez is a bust.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Water is wet.

      • Joveoak 3 years ago

        Obvious statement is obvious.

        How the mighty Martinez, proposed stock chip for Manny Ramirez,  has fallen.

    • guydavis 3 years ago

       23 years of age, I’d say that’s a bit premature.

      • Tko11 3 years ago

        Its not premature at all if you followed his career a bit.  Hes been called the Mets next great outfielder since they signed him at 16 years old. In 2008 he was the # 20 prospect in baseball and it all went downhill from there. Prior to 2011 he didnt even make the list. Some may blame it on the injuries but he hasn’t really even shown glimpses of being a good major league player. If I was a team with a weak farm system I would take a flier on him. Hes only 23 but who knows maybe he can be a late bloomer. 

        • guydavis 3 years ago

          That’s exactly how I feel. Wasn’t calling him a top prospect but I certainly wouldn’t call him a bust at age 23.

          Edit: although I’d say any team that is a bit low on outfield prospects should take a flier on him – it’s not like they have to give anything up. Wont miss him much but there were other players on the 40 man more deserving to get cut.

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            Yea I guess it just depends what people define as a “bust.” I personally think he is a bust because he was so hyped up but hasnt developed after all these years. 

      • icedrake523 3 years ago

        He can’t stay healthy. He’s only 23 and already has arthritis which is never going to go away.

  2. roberty 3 years ago

    It would be a solid depth move for the Braves to snatch up F-Mart!  Plus it would be hilarious if he finally panned out. 

    • He’s played 6 minor league seasons and has accumulated a little over 1750 PAs.  Unless the Braves can fix his now arthritic knee and complete inability to stay healthy I don’t think you’ll see very many Mets fans worried about him panning out elsewhere.

  3. ukJaysfan 3 years ago

    I looked over his stats in the minors, what was the book on Martinez?  Why was he so highly rated?  There doesn’t appear to be any one thing (speed/power/avg) that stands out….

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      He was always young and the hope was that results woiuld eventually catch up to his tools. They didn’t and the tools also declined at the same time.

      I’m sure part of the hype was due to his being a Met as well.

      • ukJaysfan 3 years ago

        Cheers for that. 

      • But he did have the results too (albeit short-lived)…he posted an .894 OPS in low-A ball at 17 which is just incredible. Was one of the main reasons why he became a top 25 prospect.

    • Joe Valenti 3 years ago

      Because they signed him when he was like 9. He was the best preteen to ever play single A ball

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      He had some decent spurts at decent levels at a young age.

      .772 OPS @ AA at age 19
      .877 OPS  @ AAA at age 20 (45 games before going on the DL for rest of season)
      He just could never stay healthy.

  4. deere5800 3 years ago

    Is there any chance he can still pull things together? Don’t know him that well but it’s only been two years since he OPSd  .877 in 45 games as a 21 year old in AAA. Seems like a guy someone would be willing to take a flier on, still only 23.

    • Joveoak 3 years ago

      He would be a steal for the team getting him provided Martinez stays healthy.

      Otherwise, he’s just AAA filler for said team’s disabled list.

  5. Mikey Roederer 3 years ago

    I don’t see Herrara making it thru…somebody has got to a claim on him don’t they? 

  6. joeybw 3 years ago

    Despite being overrated, he looked like he would have a solid future but that injury bug again. Mets are a dangerous team to play with, I wouldn’t sign there, Ike Davis might get his legs cut off standing on the on deck circle this year.

  7. maristmetsfan 3 years ago

    No way that DJ Carrasco is more valuable than Herrera.  Alderson just doesn’t want to admit he actually signed someone to a bad contract.  Pathetic.

    • Joe Valenti 3 years ago

      Carrasco is a different role. He can play a swing man and be a good 4 inning mop up guy…i know….i plan my teams based on success…

  8. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I’d take Herrera.

  9. greggofboken 3 years ago

    There were less risky choices than these two (Hefner, Carrasco, Schwinden, Armando Rodriguez).  F-Mart didn’t live up to the hype but never stayed healthy.  Hererra might have been a risk, but a lefty with a screwball would have been worth hanging on to.  (And selfishly, I just enjoyed watching him out there.  Was a fun guy to see going about his business).

  10. Herrera for free? Dibs…

    • joeybw 3 years ago

      DIBS

      dang, you win. Who’s your team?

      • Rangers. We needed a lefty anyway. Pretty sure JD licked him, too, so no one else is going to want to touch him. 

        • joeybw 3 years ago

          A side arming lefty who throws a screwball? Dude, that’s too rare, my Rays will deal with JD’s spit and this convo is getting weird….

          • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

            quick, say hideo nomo.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

            A midget side arming lefty who throws a screwball. The guy’s like 5 foot nothing.

          • We aren’t selling jeans here…

        • Joe Valenti 3 years ago

          isn’t a lefty screwballer just a deformed righty?

  11. MinnesotaTwins 3 years ago

    Funny, I remember the uproar when Martinez was not included in the Santana trade. As terrible as that trade was I guess Carlos Gomez was a good piece by comparison.

    • joeybw 3 years ago

      Horrible when it was made but now Santana can’t even get on a mound. Might of actually worked out for the Twins if they kept Hardy after trading Gomez for him but I don’t think either team (Twins left with no one from the deal I believe and Mets lefty with a extremely high paid guy who keeps having setbacks) would be happy about that trade right now.

      • Joe Valenti 3 years ago

        If they kept phil humber they would have made out

    • No, it was still a terrible trade.  Twins could have had either Phil Hughes or JON LESTER and they got who?!? Bad bad bad!

      • joeybw 3 years ago

        They were offered Lester?

        Ok, it was a terrible trade. I forgot the Red Sox were in on it, I remember the Yankees were.

      • commenter3346 3 years ago

        That’s probably the best trade Theo Epstein never made. 

    • metsman 3 years ago

      Martinez just turned 23.  He’s had injury problems, I don’t understand why  people are writing off his skills.

      • Joveoak 3 years ago

        His inability of keeping himself healthy could have played a hand in the decision.

        • metsman 3 years ago

          even still, with his potential, it’s worth holding on to him, at least until he runs out of options…when you look our 40 man roster, I think there is about ten or so names of straight filler that wouldn’t get claimed if they came with a free carwash.

          • Joe Valenti 3 years ago

            He has arthritis. That’s not even being injury prone. In order to be injury prone you would have to have the ability to be healthy

    • FamousGrouse 3 years ago

      We should have asked for Lucas Duda.

  12. indybucfan 3 years ago

    I would imagine these guys were designated, which gives them 10 days to trade them? Doesn’t that work the same way in the offseason?

    • joeybw 3 years ago

      Yes but if they can’t trade them, the player has the option of staying with the team, off the 40 man or he can choose to look for a deal somewhere else. I actually think at this point, F-Mart will stay and Herrera will look for and find a job somewhere else.

    • joeybw 3 years ago

      Yes but if they can’t trade them it’s the players choice to stay and be taken off the 40 man or become a FA. I predict Martinez stays and Herrera becomes a FA.

      • disgruntledreader 3 years ago

        Actually, neither of them has anywhere near enough service time to decline an outright assignment.  But it’s a moot point because someone will claim them.

  13. N1120A 3 years ago

    Is Danny Ray Herrera a sidearmer?  I don’t recall seeing that, and I saw him pitch in person against the Dodgers (in the game where Manny had his hand broken).  Screwball, yes – Sidearm, I don’t think so.

  14. The_Porcupine 3 years ago

    The kid is only 23.  Give him some more time before labeling a bust.  Both players are good low risk signings.  Wouldn’t mind seeing the Astros or Orioles pick them up.

    • joeybw 3 years ago

      Yes. A side arming lefty with a screwball. I don’t remember the last guy who did that. I’m just intrigued.

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      The odd thing is this. I’m not going to sit and say either will ever amount to a star…BUT….we’re talking about the Mets. They aren’t going anywhere and they should be looking for cheap players with glimmers of talent. I don’t know if they were rule 5 guys in 2012 but to release them for Hairston and Cedeno, two role players at best, seems odd. Seems like they shoudl’ve been able to trade the two of them for someone elses C prospect with a little more control.

      Could they have traded them for prospects (C level guys) who DIDN’T require a spot on the 40 man? just wondering.

      • metsman 3 years ago

         This has me scratching my head big time.  With Martinez turning 23 recently, he is finally the average age for his level (he made it to triple A at age 19).  He has always been praised for his batting mechanics; bat speed, torque, smooth followthrough…whats changed? so he’s been injured the past few years, that’s to bad, but what if he gets healthy this year? At his age he could progress and not miss a beat. It’s ridiculous to loose him for the sake of roster filler, when no position player in our top prospect list even has his potential. 

        • LongTimeFan1 3 years ago

          With that knee already arthritic at such young age plus all those hammy injuries, he’s ill suited for the outfield, has noticeably slowed and would perhaps fair best with position shift to infield corner. It’s hard to see how he fits in Mets system under any of these circumstances.

          Now I’m not suggesting give up on his major league career, but rather, he doesn’t seem like a fit for the Mets who already have the slow-footed Ike at first base and same in Duda in right.

    • Hal Jordan 3 years ago

      Someone asked Keith Law if F-Mart would be a good fit for the Astros.  Law said no due to medicals.

  15. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I hope the Yanks sign both. We can use some OF depth above A+ and we could audition Herrera for a 2nd lefty spot.

    • LongTimeFan1 3 years ago

      The chances of the Yankees signing Martinez are extremely thin.

      Firstly, he’ll either be claimed by one of the many teams who have rights to claim him before the Yanks and their excellent 2011 W-L record allow. And two, if he clears waivers, I think chances are 50-50 Mets retain him as he doesn’t yet have free agent rights that Herrera does.

      Speaking of Herrera, if reports are true that Alderson has put the latter through waivers, I think that’s bad decision. It would be wise for Yanks to sign him if they can should Herrera not be claimed and declares free agency.

  16. myk13 3 years ago

    Padres should take a chance on F-Mart

  17. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    His numbers aren’t that bad for a middle reliever.

  18. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Good point. Whatever happened to that pitch that at one time, was a mighty weapon for such good pitchers such as Tug “Scroogie” McGraw?

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