Found January 11, 2012 on Mets Fever:
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Around 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 winning the starting job as the Twins center fielder, Gomez would be traded to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy and has been their center fielder since.  A defensive stand out with great speed and a solid arm, his bat still hasn't matured to that of a five-tool prospect ( .243 lifetime BA).

Milledge was traded by the Mets to the Nats for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider.  Church was traded a year later for Jeff Francoeur and a year later Francoeur was dumped for Joaquin Arias, who was non-tendered after the season.

In Washington Milledge was traded with Joel Hanrahan for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett, after the season Milledge was non-tendered by the Pirates and signed a minor league deal with the White Sox.  After a year with the Sox AAA affiliate he has signed with Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

But of the others there was the jewel of the system Fernando Martinez, as the other two were traded and became less then what they were projected or at least hoped to have become, FMart was the one we held onto.  And as injuries have ravaged his career maybe the Mets held on too long and should have taken one of those rumored trades, but it still feels like the team jumped the gun.

While Milledge produced a decent catcher and two productive corner outfielders and Cargo helped bring back Johan, it's still hard to believe that FMart was essentially given away...

One-time top Mets prospect Fernando Martinez is now a Houston Astro. Houston, which has first dibs in waiver claims by virtue of its MLB-worst record in 2011, selected the 23-year-old outfielder. source ESPN NY

eMail Q&A: Can the Mets pull F-Mart back off waivers?

Michael F from Scottsdale sent in an e-mail asking: If Fernando Martinez is claimed off waivers, can the Mets pull him back? If so, will he still count against the 40-man roster? The best I can tell, Martinez was put on irrevocable waivers, which means he is gone if he gets claimed. The Mets cannot pull him back. Therefore, the 40-man Roster part of the question is irrelevant....

Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers

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...

F-Mart Goes Unclaimed By Padres

From Andy Martino: There will be no F-Mart/Minaya reunion.Padres did not put in a claim on waived Fernando Martinez, source says. Should know today who did. — Andy Martino (@SurfingTheMets) January 11, 2012 I guess that says it all… Yesterday, Jayson Stark predicted 5 teams would put in a waiver claim: Fernando Martinez’s waivers expire tomorrow afternoon. One scout says:...

Once a Top Prospect, Martinez Is Headed to Houston

Fernando Martinez, who was signed to great fanfare in 2005, was put on waiver by the Mets this week and was claimed by Houston.

SBN: Fernando Martinez, Organizational Metaphor

Bats: Once a Top Prospect, Martinez Is Headed to Houston

Fernando Martinez, who was signed to great fanfare in 2005, was put on waiver by the Mets this week and was claimed by Houston.

Gomez back in Milwaukee on one-year deal

Two down, six arbitration-eligible players to go for the Brewers, who have reached terms with center fielder Carlos Gomez on a one-year contract.

Ex-Mets phenom Martinez claimed by Astros

It spoke to the reputation of Fernando Martinez that the Major League team with the top waiver priority, Houston, scooped up the outfielder in a process ending Wednesday. It was an expected outcome for the Mets, who recently spent hours in meetings debating whether or not to cut their former top prospect loose.

Astros claim Fernando Martinez

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Fernando Martinez claimed by Astros

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Mets waive former top prospect Fernando Martinez, reliever Daniel Herrera

Martinez was waylaid by injuries in recent years

Fernandomania Curtailed

It’s scary that as fans, any team’s fans, we get hooked on new players and young players and changes of direction and we’re sure we’re going to benefit — if it’s March — this year or — if it’s September — next year. Yet we just don’t know. It’s the ultimate blind trust. Theoretically, the future has never been more foreseeably agreeable for the Mets. If the...
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