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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
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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

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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

Carlos Martinez gave up four earned runs in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

Martinez started hot, striking out Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo in order in the top of the first inning, but opposing pitcher Jon Lester slapped an RBI single to center in the third inning and 39-year-old backup catcher David Ross slugged a two-run homer to the batter's eye in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot to right in the sixth, one of two homers Rizzo would hit in the 7-0 afternoon romp at Busch Stadium. Martinez finished with nine strikeouts and zero walks but eight hits allowed. He'll try for better next time out at Coors Field.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to beat the Brewers 4-3 on Friday.

He gave up nine hits and a walk while fanning only one solitary batter but was able to pitch around trouble effectively. The Brewers eked out an unearned run in the first inning. A third-inning mistake pitch to Scooter Gennett ended up in the outfield seats to put Martinez down 3-0 but he shut them down after that. His offense put a four-spot on the board in the third inning to earn him his 14th victory against seven losses. He has a very impressive 3.05 ERA after 27 starts. That is no fluke as he put up a 3.01 ERA in a full season last year.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:39:00 AM

Carlos Martinez struggled to corral his stuff in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds, walking five and allowing two runs over six-plus innings

Martinez struck out six and allowed seven hits over his six-plus innings of work. He finished the afternoon having thrown 99 pitches. Only 57 of them went for strikes. The five walks represented a season-high for the talented 24-year-old. He will try for better control when he brings his 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 143/61 K/BB ratio (164 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Brewers next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Carlos Martinez notched a career-high 13 strikeouts across six innings of one-run ball in Monday's 6-5 victory over the Brewers.

Martinez tied his previous career high last month with 11 punchouts in an outing that also came against the Brewers. Unfortunately, he didn't get credited with a win in this one, as the Cardinals' bullpen blew a late lead. Still, it was a third straight brilliant effort from Martinez, who has yielded only one run in each of his last three outings while boasting a 25/6 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. He'll try to keep it rolling on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Mets to one run in eight innings to cruise to a win Wednesday.

Martinez threw 97 pitches in the gem. He also had a couple of hits, raising his average to .255 this season. Martinez will carry a 12-7 record into his next start against the Brewers on Monday.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:32:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
5Gabriel Lino
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
4Jordan Schafer
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Luke Weaver
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips