Found January 10, 2012 on BigAppleMetsTalk:

Yesterday we learned that the Mets had placed former #1 prospect Fernando Martinez on Waivers along with lefty reliever Daniel Herrera.  The news was not that shocking since rumors about his possible release had surfaced a few days earlier.  Top prospect to waiver wire is a long drop in two years.  F-Mart was hailed to have all the tools but none of the durability needed to fully showcase his talent.

Daniel Herrera was one of the players acquired in the Francisco Rodriguez trade last summer.  He fared OK last season in his brief stint with the Mets, however it just became a numbers game with him. With the recent signings of Cedeno and Hairston among others the Mets needed to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Miguel Batista will be coming back for a second go around in New York.  Alderson has been on the hunt for low cost depth in the pitching department, and Batista fits the bill. He is the kind of guy Sandy calls a “swing man”, someone who can spot start, pitch in relief and go down to the minors.

Other minor moves that you may have missed were former Mariners back up catcher Rob Johnson, utility man Omar Quintanilla from Houston and right handed pitcher Fernando Cabrera.

None of these moves will get you excited, but it is just Sandy doing his do diligence as he adds depth to the Mets as they prepare for the upcoming season.  As we have seen with this club, you can never have enough depth because you never know when the injury bug is going to hit.  For the Mets it seems like we have a bee hive in our dugout, hopefully the grounds crew can get rid of it so we can have a relatively healthy season in 2012.


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

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.

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.

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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