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Outfielder Fernando Martinez has been claimed by the Houston Astros off waivers from the New York Mets.
Martinez hit .227 (5 for 22) for the Mets last season with one home run - at Houston against Bud Morris on May 13.
The 23-year-old Martinez spent most of the year at Triple-A Buffalo and hit .260 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. He has a .183 career big league average with two homers and 12 RBIs in 131 at-bats over parts of three seasons.
To make room on the 40-man roster Wednesday, the Astros designated right-hander Henry Villar for assignment. He was a combined 4-5 with a 5.45 ERA last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Outfielder Fernando Martinez has been claimed by the Houston Astros off waivers from the New York Mets.
Martinez hit .227 (5 for 22) for the Mets last season with one home run -- at Houston against Bud Morris on May 13.
The 23-year-old Martinez spent most of the year at Triple-A Buffalo and hit .260 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. He has a .183 career big league...
Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:16 am ET
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
The Houston Astros have claimed Fernando Martinez off waivers.
The Astros are taking a flyer on the former New York Mets top-ranked prospect. To make room for Martinez, the team released right hander Henry Villar.
Martinez was apart of the Buffalo Bison at the Triple-A level for the majority of...
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Fernando Martinez and Daniel Herrera have both been put on waivers.
Earlier today, Rubin warned that the Mets still needed to clear two spots from their full 40-man roster to make room for recent signings Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno.
Martinez, 23, has faded as a prospect because of continual leg injuries. Even when healthy,...
The Astros have claimed OF Fernando Martinez off waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Martinez, along with LHP Daniel Herrera were placed on irrevocable waivers earlier this week and their departures clear two spots on the 40-man roster for Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco.
Martinez hit .260 with eight HR and 30 RBI in 223 at-bats at Triple-A Buffalo, while batting .227...
Fernando Martinez, who was signed to great fanfare in 2005, was put on waiver by the Mets this week and was claimed by Houston.
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Fernando Martinez‘s waivers expire tomorrow afternoon. One scout says: “I guarantee a minimum of 5 teams put in a claim on him.”
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 10, 2012
Dan in Phoenix, AZ sent in the following e-mail:
“Why did the Mets re-sign Scott Hairston? Would it not have been better to let Fernando Martinez take the backup role and save the million dollars? I don’t understand this move.”
Martinez has been playing professional baseball for six years and has never played more than 90 games in a season because he just can’t stay healthy...
IT DID NOT take long for the Mets’ new regime to decide that Fernando Martinez would not be a part of the future; by mid-summer, team officials were privately calling the former top prospect a bust.
Photo by Michael BaronAround 2006 it was once dreamed that the Mets would have this stud group of outfielders, who were all home grown. Lastings Milledge in left field, Fernando Martinez in right field and Carlos Gomez in center field. Now there all gone and the only one who turned out productive for the Mets was Carlos Gomez who was the center piece in the Johan Santana trade. After...
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