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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
Contract: view contract details
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Carlos Martinez blanked the Nationals for five innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-1 victory.
Martinez was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter before the game. He's certainly the best bet in the group for fantasy purposes, but he still would seem to be a bit more of an injury risk than some. If he can make 30-32 starts again, he'll probably be a top-20 SP this year. Mar 22 - 4:09 PM

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Carlos Martinez has been named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.

Adam Wainwright has received the last four Opening Day assignments, so he has passed the torch here. Martinez deserves it, as he's now the unquestioned ace of the staff. The 25-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 22 - 11:02 AM

Carlos Martinez was charged with two runs -- one earned -- over four innings in the Dominican Republic's loss to Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.

Martinez struck out five batters and had his regular nasty stuff going with a heater that regularly reached the upper-90s. He walked three batters, though, and needed 71 pitches to navigate through his four frames. Martinez won't be eligible to pitch again in the WBC unless the Dominican makes the Championship Round.
Mar 15 - 12:34 AM

Carlos Martinez held Canada to one unearned run in four innings in the Dominican Republic's game one victory in the World Baseball Classic.

He gave up three hits and no walks while striking out three. Four major league closers also saw action for the Dominican team -- Alex Colome, Dellin Betances, Fernando Rodney and Jeurys Familia. Martinez turned in a nifty 3.04 ERA in 31 starts for the Cardinals last year.
Mar 9 - 10:21 PM

Carlos Martinez tossed three scoreless frames Wednesday in a victory over the Mets.

It's the one and only start Martinez was due before joining the Dominican team for the World Baseball Classic. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Mar 1 - 4:08 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Carlos Martinez to a five-year, $51 million contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.

Those options are worth $17 million and $18 million, respectively, with a $500,000 buyout on each. Martinez will earn $4.5 million in 2017 -- what would have been his first year of arbitration eligibility -- and then $11.5 million annually from 2018-2021. It's the richest contract ever for a first-year arbitration player, but the St. Louis front office has to feel pretty good about potentially locking down four of El Gallo's free agent years. If the 25-year-old Dominican right-hander continues to progress on schedule, it'll turn out to be a very team-friendly deal.
Feb 2 - 11:37 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $51 million contract extension with right-hander Carlos Martinez.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier that the sides were "making progress" and now it looks like a done deal. Per Heyman, the Cardinals are expected to make an official announcement on Thursday. Martinez is getting a well-deserved raise after leading the Cardinals in wins (16), strikeouts (174) and ERA (3.04) last year. This will be the largest contract ever signed by a player in his first year of arbitration eligibility, topping the five-year, $38.5 million deal signed by Corey Kluber in 2015. Including his two option years, Martinez's new contract can run through 2023.
Feb 1 - 10:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Cardinals are "making progress" on a contract extension with Carlos Martinez.

Per Rosenthal, the two sides have discussed a five-year deal worth more over $50 million. Martinez is set for an arbitration hearing next Wednesday but that could be avoided if he and the Cardinals can hammer out a long-term deal before then. The 25-year-old pitched like an ace last year, leading the Cardinals with 16 wins and a 3.04 ERA. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 1 - 9:54 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the team plans to go to an arbitration hearing with Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha.

It's possible things could change between now and the date of the hearing, but it looks like Mozeliak might be employing a file-and-trial approach. It would be a change in philosophy for the Cardinals, who haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 1999. Mozeliak noted that the club and Martinez's rep engaged in long-term extension talks but they obviously weren't able to work anything out. Martinez requested $4.25 million and was offered $3.9 million by the Cards when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday, while Wacha requested $3.2 million and was offered $2.775 million.
Jan 15 - 12:22 PM

Carlos Martinez requested $4.25 million and was offered $3.9 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 25-year-old right-hander is arbitration-eligible for the first time after earning $539,000 in 2016. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.3 million in arbitration, which is significantly higher than the figure submitted by Martinez. He's coming off of a fantastic 2016 season where he went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 174/70 K/BB ratio across 195 1/3 innings.
Jan 13 - 10:19 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez have had "initial conversations" regarding a contract extension.

Things have been moving slowly toward an extension since the close of the regular season, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reporting in early October that pitcher and team have mutual interest in getting this done. Don't expect anything on the immediate horizon, though. Both Cotillo and Goold have relayed that these talks will continue into the winter. Goold speculated that an extension could come about in spring training. Martinez -- who posted a 3.04 ERA with a 174/70 K/BB ratio in 195 1/3 innings this past season -- is under team control through 2019.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 04:34:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez have mutual interest in working out a contract extension.

Goold says it "could be something they finalize during spring training" next February or March. Martinez had a sharp 2016 season for St. Louis, registering a 3.04 ERA and 174 strikeouts over 195 1/3 frames. The 25-year-old right-hander will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Carlos Martinez came up huge for the Cardinals on Friday by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Pirates.

That’s why he’s their ace. Martinez scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking just one batter and striking out nine. He induced 18 swinging strikes in his 104 pitches. Martinez improved to 16-9 with the victory and will finish the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 12:59:00 AM

Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:19:00 PM

Carlos Martinez lasted just five frames but notched his 15th win over the season Monday, allowing two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.

Martinez needed 102 pitches to cover his five innings and it looked like he might not last that long. After hitting a two-run double in the fourth and then scoring on a single, Martinez needed oxygen in the dugout and then still didn't look right when he came back out for the bottom of the frame, needing a visit from the trainer. He gutted it out, though, and the Cards' bullpen provided good work over the next four innings. Martinez will take on the Cubs at Wrigley in his next start.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6John Gant
7Mike Mayers
8Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Zach Duke
10Jordan Schafer