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J.D. Martin | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rays signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract.
Martin hasn't appeared in a major league game since back in 2010, but he has developed a knuckleball and will be working with former major league knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to try and fine-tune the pitch. The former supplemental first-round pick of the Indians is now a 35-year-old project for Tampa Bay. It'd be a cool story if it works out. Feb 14 - 1:30 PM

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White Sox released RHP J.D. Martin.

Martin inked a minor league deal in January before allowing one run over two innings this spring. The 32-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010 and spent last season in Korea. He'll now attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 08:27:00 AM

White Sox signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martin, 32, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010 and spent last season in Korea, posting a 4.78 ERA over 128 innings. He'll likely be part of Triple-A Charlotte's rotation.
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 09:17:00 AM

The Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization signed RHP J.D. Martin.

Martin pitched all of last season with Triple-A Durham in the Rays' organization, posting a 2.75 ERA over 27 starts. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:13:00 PM

J.D. Martin has elected free agency.

Martin had been outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster last month. The 30-year-old will look to catch on with a minor league deal somewhere else this winter.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Rays sent RHP J.D. Martin outright to Triple-A Durham.

Martin was designated for assignment on Sunday to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Jesse Crain. The 30-year-old righty drew no interest on waivers.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Rays designated RHP J.D. Martin for assignment.

The move was done to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, presumably for Jesse Crain who is expected to be activated on Monday. There's a strong chance that the 30-year-old will clear waivers and continue to serve as organizational depth in the minor leagues.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP J.D. Martin from Triple-A Durham.

He'll give the club some length in the bullpen in case Enny Romero's major league debut Sunday doesn't go well. Martin hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010 but posted a 2.75 ERA over 25 starts for Durham this season.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Rays signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract.

Martin posted a 5.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 130 innings last season at Triple-A New Orleans -- an affiliate of the Marlins. He will act as depth for Tampa Bay.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 02:05:00 PM

Marlins signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract.

Martin, 28, posted a 3.93 ERA and 72/17 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings this year at the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. He'll serve as organizational depth for Miami.
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 12:37:00 PM

Nationals re-signed RHP J.D. Martin to a minor league contract.

The Nats released Martin last month but have decided to bring him back. The 28-year-old has made 24 starts the last two seasons with Washington, posting a solid 4.32 ERA but a 1.41 WHIP and 4.9 K/9 rate. His 2010 season ended prematurely due to back surgery. Martin should compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.
Fri, Feb 4, 2011 03:44:00 PM

Nationals released RHP J.D. Martin.

Martin, 27, had a decent 4.13 ERA over nine starts with the Nationals last season before undergoing back surgery in August. He also struck out 31 batters against only 11 walks. Other teams should come calling.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 04:13:00 PM

According to Bill Ladson of, the Nationals are expected to remove J.D. Martin from the 40-man roster.

The Nats have some maneuvering to do with some of their newest acquisitions, so Martin could be the first to go. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 4.13 ERA and 31/11 K/BB ratio over nine starts with the Nationals last season before he underwent surgery to repair herniated discs in his back in August.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 03:58:00 PM

J.D. Martin (back) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

It will be Martin's first bullpener since undergoing back surgery to repair herniated discs in mid-August. The right-hander posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season and will battle for a bullpen job this spring.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 03:30:00 PM

J.D. Martin underwent season-ending surgery to repair the herniated discs in his back.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in California. Martin is expected to be ready for spring training next season. The 27-year-old right-hander was 1-5 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in nine starts with the Nationals this season.
Wed, Aug 11, 2010 11:30:00 AM

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