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Sandy's weeding out of Los Mets continues


F-Mart to the Houston Astros
January, 11, 2012
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By Adam Rubin


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.

"I will always be grateful to the Mets, but now I'm an Astro," Martinez told [sign in to see URL]'s Enrique Rojas. "I hope the change of scenery will help me revive my career. I'm anxious to begin this new stage. ... If I'm healthy and I'm given the opportunity, I'm going to hit. Now I'm healthy and only waiting for my work visa in order to go train in Miami and then spring training. ... I'm a young man. Sometimes they say as if I'm a man of 35 years, but I'm only 23 and am ready to begin again."

The Mets needed to clear 40-man roster spots for the additions of Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno, and chose to put Martinez as well as left-hander Daniel Herrera on waivers.

Because Martinez has an option remaining, he needs to remain on Houston's 40-man roster, but can be optioned to Triple-A in spring training if he does not make the major league club.

Martinez is a lifetime .183 hitter with two homers and 12 RBIs in 131 at-bats spanning the past three seasons. His biggest obstacle has been injuries, including an arthritic knee that severely limits his mobility, even when technically healthy. Including his major league activity, Martinez has averaged only 77 games a regular season since 2006.

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in this case, I can't really blame [sign in to see URL] of the most overhyped prospects since Alex Ochoa...

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Or Benny Ayala
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Or Benny Ayala



Was Ayala hyped? I don't remember hearing about him until he hit the Homerun in his first at [sign in to see URL] then that was the highlight of his career...

I remember Billy Baldwin and Bruce Boisclair being overhyped though...

then again, I was a kid listening to the Mets games on radio when Ayala made his [sign in to see URL] tv hadn't made it to my house yet and WOR was out of the range of the antenna...

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Hyped offensive prospects that I recall include:

Ayala
Ochoa
Jefferies
Tyner
Dykstra
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Hyped offensive prospects that I recall include:

Ayala
Ochoa
Jefferies
Tyner
Dykstra



agree with Tyner/Ochoa/[sign in to see URL], nobody could swing a bat underwater quite as well as Jefferies...

Don't know about Ayala's hype...

Don't know how Dykstra was over [sign in to see URL] was the real deal for a CFer, just like most LH'd hitters struggled somewhat vs [sign in to see URL] 2 of his minor league seasons, he combined for 182 steals and 21 triples (he could fly)...In one of those seasons: 105 steals, 107 walks, 14 triples, 132 runs scored, 81 RBI, .975 OPS, 264 "Total Bases" (which for a leadoff hitting Centerfielder in the minors is an incredible season)...

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So will I be bashed if I nominate him for Most Valuable Investment Swindler or Most Valuable Maid Molester?
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So will I be bashed if I nominate him for Most Valuable Investment Swindler or Most Valuable Maid Molester?



[sign in to see URL] thing was the Wilpons looked to Lenny for his business [sign in to see URL] people wonder if Fred was blindsided by [sign in to see URL] probably has even invested in those Nigerian email scams...

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Lenny was actually very successful with his car wash business, but after that well..

See ya F'Mart, enjoy the Astros DL
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