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Leonys Martin | Outfielder | #24

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / TEX
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Tigers signed OF Leonys Martin to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the contract terms involved. The deal includes $1.1 million in potential incentives. Martin elected free agency last month after batting just .172/.232/.281 over 49 games in the majors in 2017, but he's had some success in the past and could have a shot at the Tigers' starting center field gig in the spring. Tue, Dec 5, 2017 02:43:00 PM

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Leonys Martin has elected free agency.

Rather than accept his outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa, Martin will seek a new home on the open market. He hit just .172/.232/.281 in 128 at-bats with the Cubs in 2017. He's an extremely skilled defender and has an intriguing blend of power and speed, so there should be plenty of clubs willing to give him another shot.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:35:00 AM

Cubs sent OF Leonys Martin outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Martin is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter, but he'll be non-tendered and hit free agency. He batted only .172/.232/.281 over 49 games in the majors in 2017.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:30:00 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of OF Leonys Martin from Triple-A Iowa.

Martin was acquired from the Mariners prior to the waiver trade deadline. He doesn't figure to play a ton down the stretch but does offer good defense and an excellent arm in center field. Martin is under team control through 2018 but is a likely non-tender candidate.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 08:29:00 AM

Cubs acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash.

The Cubs or anyone else could have acquired Martin off waivers a week ago, though that would have meant taking on just under $1 million in salary. The Cubs weren't willing to do it then, but they thought it was a good idea to trade for him now for outfield depth down the stretch. He probably won't get many starts, but he offers better defense than Jon Jay in center field and probably more offense against right-handers than Albert Almora.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 12:28:00 AM

Mariners sent OF Leonys Martin outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

It's the second time this season that he's been outrighted off the 40-man roster. Martin could have declared free agency, but that would've been forfeiting what remains of his $4.85 million salary for this season, so he'll remain in the organization.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 02:17:00 PM

Mariners designated OF Leonys Martin for assignment.

Martin has batted just .174/.221/.287 across 122 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The 29-year-old outfielder passed through waivers unclaimed back in late April and will probably make it through again because of his $4.85 million salary for 2017.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Leonys Martin smacked a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 10th inning in Oakland on Tuesday.

Martin's clout, just his second of the season, came off of reliever Josh Smith to cap a monster comeback for the M's. It isn't much, but Martin has hit safely in a season-high four consecutive games to raise his average from .153 to .184. He still has a ways to go before he can be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 02:49:00 AM

Leonys Martin drove in two runs Monday in the Mariners' defeat of the Rangers.

Martin plated Danny Valencia on a groundout in the top of the fourth inning and then added a game-tying RBI triple in the top of the sixth. The 29-year-old outfielder also had a nice game Sunday against the Mets, but he's batting just .145/.197/.242 this season at the major league level and seems doubtful to provide meaningful fantasy value down the stretch.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 11:36:00 PM

Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mets.

Martin cranked a solo homer off Seth Lugo in the second inning to give the Mariners an early 4-0 advantage. He had just been called up from Triple-A prior to the game. He should continue to see starting work with Mitch Haniger (face) out injured. Martin has picked up eight hits in 58 at-bats when up with the big league club this season, but was playing well in Triple-A at the time of his call back up.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 07:25:00 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of OF Leonys Martin from Triple-A Tacoma.

Martin lost his spot on the 40-man roster back in April but made his way back on it after hitting .312/.352/.506 with 11 homers and 24 steals for Tacoma. He should see regular starts while Mitch Haniger (face) is sidelined.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Mariners sent OF Leonys Martin outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Martin was designated for assignment by Seattle earlier this week after batting .111/.172/.130 over his first 58 plate appearances. The 29-year-old outfielder passed through waivers unclaimed primarily because he's making a $4.85 million salary in 2017. He should get another shot with the Mariners at some point this summer.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 03:01:00 PM

Mariners designated OF Leonys Martin for assignment.

Martin was off to a brutal .111/.172/.130 start this season, but it's a surprise that the Mariners are cutting him loose given his plus defense and ability to steal bases and offer a little pop when he's right. He could clear waivers given his $4.85 million salary, but Martin won't be out of a job long. The Tigers are an obvious fit. Jarrod Dyson will slide over to handle center field now, with the Mariners likely going with a combination of Guillermo Heredia, Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia in left.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Leonys Martin went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in Monday's loss to the Astros.

The Mariners should be sitting either Martin or Jarrod Dyson against left-handers in favor of Guillermo Heredia, but they had both in there against Dallas Keuchel tonight, perhaps to give them the honor of starting on Opening Day. Most likely, Dyson will do more sitting versus southpaws than Martin. Both would be platoon players on an ideal roster, but there's no way the Mariners can make that work while carrying 13 pitchers.
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 11:11:00 PM

Leonys Martin contributed three hits Wednesday in the Mariners' Cactus League win over the Indians.

Not a bad day at the office for No. 12. Martin's monster afternoon included a first-inning single, a double in the third and another two-bagger in the sixth. Martin had been hitless in five spring at-bats prior to Wednesday's explosion. One of the only outfielders left after Seattle's offseason remodeling, Martin is penciled in as the Mariners' everyday center fielder.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Derek Norris
3Grayson Greiner
4Brayan Peña
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Chad Huffman
3Edwin Espinal
2B1Dixon Machado
2Niko Goodrum
3Ronny Rodriguez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Sergio Alcantara
3Pete Kozma
3B1Jeimer Candelario
LF1Mikie Mahtook
2Victor Reyes
3Jason Krizan
CF1Leonys Martin
2JaCoby Jones
3Kenny Wilson
RF1Nicholas Castellanos
2Michael Gerber
3Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
2John Hicks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Daniel Norris
4Matt Boyd
5Mike Fiers
6Buck Farmer
7Chad Bell
8Artie Lewicki
9Ryan Carpenter
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Blaine Hardy
4Warwick Saupold
5Daniel Stumpf
6Drew VerHagen
7Joe Jimenez
8Johnny Barbato
9Mark Montgomery
10Jairo Labourt
11Enrique Burgos
12Gerson Moreno
13Eduardo Jimenez
14Kevin Comer