Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
33-Year-Old DHDH
New York Mets
60-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/28/2021
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 $1 million if he makes the MLB roster, so he will need a strong showing this spring plus the NL retaining the DH. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in January of 2021.
Resumes rehab assignment
DHNew York Mets
Knee
September 6, 2021
Martinez (knee/shoulder) resumed his minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday and went 2-for-12 with a double and a walk in his first three games back in action for the affiliate.
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After hyperextending his left shoulder, Martinez was pulled off his rehab assignment for about a week before the Mets cleared him to rejoin the Triple-A club. Though the shoulder is seemingly no longer a concern, Martinez will still need to pick up at-bats in the minors and prove that his surgically repaired left knee doesn't bother him when playing the outfield. The righty-hitting Martinez could be a short-side platoon mate in left field for Jeff McNeil or Michael Conforto once he's reinstated from the 60-day injured list.
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+24%
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+2%
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+46%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .827 128 18 6 19 0 .267 .336 .491
Since 2019vs Right .667 343 37 6 33 3 .245 .321 .346
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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
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+295%
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Since 2019Home .773 227 31 5 26 3 .281 .370 .403
Since 2019Away .657 243 24 7 26 0 .227 .284 .373
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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
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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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Rehab assignment shut down
DHNew York Mets
Knee
August 28, 2021
Martinez (knee) had his rehab assignment shut down recently after he hyperextended his left shoulder on a swing, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
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Rehab moves to Syracuse
DHNew York Mets
Knee
August 23, 2021
Martinez (knee) went 1-for-7 with a solo home run and a walk across two rehab games at Triple-A Syracuse over the weekend.
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Transfers rehab to High-A
DHNew York Mets
Knee
August 16, 2021
Martinez (knee) moved his rehab assignment to High-A Brooklyn on Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a walk while playing seven innings in right field.
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Starts up rehab assignment
DHNew York Mets
Knee
August 9, 2021
Martinez (knee) began a rehab assignment at Low-A St. Lucie on Sunday, starting right field and playing three innings while going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
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Resumes jogging Tuesday
DHNew York Mets
Knee
June 29, 2021
Martinez (knee) did some light jogging at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Tuesday, Jacob Resnick of SNYtv reports.
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