Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
32-Year-Old DHDH
New York Mets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A trade to Chicago at the end of August didn't work out for the Cubs or Martinez. In 21 at-bats with his new team, the veteran went hitless, and he was left off the roster for the Wild Card round loss to the Marlins. Before the trade, Martinez posted a .239/.329/.388 slash line in 24 games with the Rays. The 32-year-old has always been most valuable against left-handed pitchers (as evidenced by his career .915 OPS in those matchups), but he posted only a .566 OPS against lefties in 2020. Martinez is not known for his defensive prowess in the outfield or at first base, so he has to perform at the plate to keep any semblance of a regular role. The Mets signed him to a split contract that will pay him $1 million if he makes the MLB roster, so he will need a strong showing this spring plus the NL retaining the DH. Read Past Outlooks
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#600
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mets in January of 2021. Contract is worth $1 million at MLB level.
Signs with Mets
DHNew York Mets
January 14, 2021
Martinez signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday which will pay him $1 million if he makes the big-league roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Unless the universal designated hitter winds up returning for the 2021 season, it's hard to see Martinez earning much playing time in New York. Even if it does return, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith would seem to have the first base and DH spots very well covered. Both Smith and Martinez can play the outfield corners, but neither does so convincingly. It's also not clear whether or not Martinez still has what it takes at the plate, as he struggled to an awful .182/.265/.295 slash line in 98 plate appearances for the Rays and Cubs last season. Still, this represents a low-risk investment for the Mets in a player who has been a solidly above-average hitter at times in his career.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#8
#9
3
2
1
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
#4
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2
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6
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .801 267 30 9 35 0 .273 .347 .454
Since 2018vs Right .763 794 89 20 100 3 .284 .346 .416
2020vs Left .566 50 6 1 4 0 .174 .240 .326
2020vs Right .554 48 4 1 6 0 .190 .292 .262
2019vs Left .997 78 12 5 15 0 .329 .397 .600
2019vs Right .685 295 33 5 27 3 .254 .325 .360
2018vs Left .776 139 12 3 16 0 .279 .358 .418
2018vs Right .834 451 52 14 67 0 .313 .366 .468
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+295%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .811 501 63 14 65 3 .302 .370 .441
Since 2018Away .740 559 56 15 70 0 .264 .326 .413
2020Home .884 51 8 2 9 0 .289 .373 .511
2020Away .224 46 2 0 1 0 .071 .152 .071
2019Home .740 176 23 3 17 3 .278 .369 .371
2019Away .757 197 22 7 25 0 .262 .315 .443
2018Home .840 274 32 9 39 0 .319 .370 .470
2018Away .804 316 32 8 44 0 .293 .359 .445
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Stat Review
How does Jose Martinez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
27.6%
 
BABIP
.237
 
ISO
.114
 
AVG
.182
 
OBP
.265
 
SLG
.295
 
OPS
.561
 
wOBA
.251
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Many thought the Cardinals should have traded Martinez to the American League for a pitcher before the 2019 season began. Instead, they signed the slugger to a two-year deal and put him in the field until his defensive woes made it impossible to continue to do so. Finally, a trade to the AL materialized, with the Rays acquiring him in January. Martinez had his worst overall season at the plate, no doubt related to the mental struggles of being a DH on a National League roster. Martinez continues to crush lefties (.331/.405/.570 for his career), but his numbers against righties plummeted last year compared to what he did in 2017 and 2018 against them. This move to the AL was long overdue. His defense got him pulled from the Cardinals' lineup, and those issues are still going to cap his playing time even with the DH available.
Martinez followed up 2017's 135 wRC+ with a solid 125 mark. Curiously, he greatly improved against right-handed pitching while struggling with the platoon edge. Before 2018, Martinez crushed southpaws, so if he can maintain his gains versus righties while reverting to form against lefties, Martinez could be even more productive. This scenario is plausible since his underlying skills versus both types of pitcher were similar, save for the luck-based metrics of BABIP and HR/FB. After the Paul Goldschmidt acquisition, Martinez is in need of a change of scenery. He is tentatively set to compete with Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for time in right field, but his defensive shortcomings probably pit him third in that pecking order. If he is dealt to the American League, Martinez is the type of mid-tier player that can win leagues since there's upside without much performance risk, as he possesses a solid contact rate in tandem with a stellar hard-hit rate.
A relative unknown entering 2017, Martinez burst onto the scene with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 307 plate appearances last season. He's a Statcast darling, too; Martinez finished first in xBA, fifth in xwOBA and 17th in average exit velocity (min. 200 at-bats). It's understandable to be skeptical given the lack of pedigree and the fact that Martinez never hit more than 11 homers in a season while on the farm, but most advanced metrics suggest last year's power was real, and that he may just be scratching the surface. Martinez dealt with a thumb injury late in the season, but he returned to hit a homer in the Cardinals' final series, which eased lingering concerns about the injury. Manager Mike Matheny has already said that Martinez has the inside track at a starting job heading into 2018, and Martinez has dual eligibility (first base and outfield). Don't forget about him at the draft table.
Prior to being traded to the Cardinals in May, Martinez started the season with the Royals, where he'd been playing at Triple-A Omaha. Upon joining the Cardinals, he put up a modest .269/.326/.415 line over 87 games at Triple-A Memphis. Once September came around, he made his way up to the majors for the first time in his career. That cup of coffee offered nothing to suggest the need for him to see more playing time. On the other hand, Martinez is capable of performing at the Triple-A level, where he owns a .324/.392/.483 career line, even though his numbers dipped slightly with Memphis in 2016. Look for him to stick around as organizational depth, but it would be a surprise if the Cards are forced to use Martinez in a prominent role this season. If he does land a chance, though, there are tiny hints of potential help with home runs and stolen bases in deep leagues.
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Non-tendered by Cubs
DHFree Agent
December 2, 2020
Martinez was non-tendered by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Optioned again
DHChicago Cubs
September 25, 2020
Martinez was optioned by the Cubs on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Receives promotion
DHChicago Cubs
September 20, 2020
Martinez was recalled by the Cubs on Sunday.
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Sent to secondary site
DHChicago Cubs
September 8, 2020
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Sitting again Monday
DHChicago Cubs
September 7, 2020
Martinez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
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