J.D. Martin
J.D. Martin
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for J.D. Martin in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rays in February of 2018.
Inks minor-league deal with Tampa Bay
PTampa Bay Rays  
February 15, 2018
Martin signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Martin has made 24 career starts in the majors, with all coming in 2009 and 2010 with the Nationals. The 35-year-old has since been kicking around various level of Washington's farm system over the last two years to little success, so he elected to convert to a knuckleball pitcher during the offseason in an attempt to earn one more shot in the big leagues. Look for Martin to open the season in the lower levels of the Rays' farm system while he gets acclimated with the new pitch mechanics.
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For the second straight season Martin pitched very well at Triple-A and decently enough in the majors despite flyball tendencies and an ugly HR/9IP rate, but his season was cut short by a bulging disk in his back. Assuming he's healthy, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation, or go back and once again wait his turn at Triple-A.
Martin revived his career with a great run at Triple-A in 2009, but unlike some of the Nationals' other pitch-to-contact hurlers Martin wasn't able to duplicate that success in the majors. The crucial difference is location; unlike, say, John Lannan, Martin leaves his mediocre offerings up in the strike zone, and the result last year was 14 home runs allowed in 77 big league innings. Unless he learns to pound the bottom of the strike zone, Martin will never be more than a Quadruple-A pitcher, but that's still a brighter future than the former Indians prospect had coming into 2009.
If he could ever get in a healthy season we might have an idea of what we have on our hands. After missing most of 2006 after Tommy John surgery, Martin was limited to just nine starts and 42 innings again in 2007. If he can get back on the mound, he's headed back for another stint at Double-A.
The 24-year old has struggled with injuries and inconsistency since being drafted in 2001. This year, he will try again, to rebound from an injury shortened season at High-A Kinston.
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PChicago White Sox  
March 18, 2015
Martin was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday.
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PChicago White Sox  
January 22, 2015
The White Sox have signed Martin to a minor league contract, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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PFree Agent  
December 11, 2013
Martin signed with the Samsung Lions of the KBO, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
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PFree Agent  
October 13, 2013
Martin elected free agency following the 2013 season.
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PTampa Bay Rays  
September 26, 2013
Martin has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reports.
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