Astros get Martinez from Mets
The Astros have won a waiver claim on former Mets top prospect Fernando Martinez, a source confirmed for MLB.com.
Widely considered one of the Mets’ top prospects from 2006-10, Martinez was billed as a power-hitting outfielder expected to be a cornerstone of the Mets’ lineup throughout this decade. But multiple injuries and an arthritic right knee have prevented Martinez from appearing in more than 82 games in any of the past three seasons.
The Astros would have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for Martinez.
Forty-seven of those appearances have come with the Major League club, though almost exclusively as a reserve. Martinez hit .183 with two home runs during those stints. He hit .260 with eight home runs in 63 games for Triple-A Buffalo last season.