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Leonys Martin | Outfielder | #12

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / TEX
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Mariners and OF Leonys Martin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.15 million contract.
The M's acquired Martin earlier this offseason in a deal with the Rangers. The 27-year-old owns a .255/.305/.361 career line with 84 steals in five career seasons. He'll be the starting center fielder when camp opens. Jan 14 - 6:09 PM

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Mariners acquired OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass from the Rangers for RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones, and a player to be named later.

Seattle's new general manager Jerry Dipoto is following in Jack Z's footsteps here, dipping into the bullpen in order to upgrade elsewhere. This seems like a pretty good move, though. That Martin is no better of a hitter now than the day he entered the league has made him a big disappointment, but his glove in center field remains well above average and he still might take a step forward with the change of scenery. Even if he doesn't, he'll probably be an acceptable regular against right-handers. He does need a platoonmate, whether it's Franklin Gutierrez (currently slated to platoon with Seth Smith in left) or someone else.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 06:14:00 PM

According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Rangers have traded Leonys Martin to the Mariners in a deal also involving Tom Wilhelmsen and James Jones.

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan had Jones's inclusion. The Rangers have been looking to trade Martin since midseason, and there was no chance he'd still be with the team on Opening Day. The Mariners certainly found the price here more palatable than they would have in a deal for Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that the team "100 percent" plans to tender a contract to Leonys Martin.

While the Rangers won't non-tender Martin, he figures to be a potential trade candidate this offseason. The 27-year-old lost his starting job to Delino DeShields, Jr. in 2015 while batting just .219/.264/.313 over 95 games. After being left off the postseason roster, he declined to report to the Rangers' instructional league team in Arizona. Still, he would make sense as a buy-low somewhere. Martin will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that the club has drawn trade interest in Leonys Martin from teams "looking to buy low."

Delino DeShields usurped Martin in center field this season and Martin drew the ire of the team when he failed to show up to the instructional league in Arizona as asked. Thus, it's not terribly surprising that clubs anticipate the Rangers are perhaps willing to move him. Martin hit an ugly .219/.264/.313 in 2015 and is just a career .255/.305/.361 batter, but he's a very good defensive center fielder.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 08:40:00 PM

Leonys Martin, apparently pouting over his exclusion from the Rangers' postseason roster, did not report to the Instructional League in Arizona as he had been told.

The Rangers sent several players there to continue playing and remain fresh in the event that they were needed at some point during the playoffs due to injury. The outfielder has had a tumultuous season and may now be at risk of being non-tendered this winter.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 11:08:00 PM

Rangers recalled OF Leonys Martin from Triple-A Round Rock.

Martin had surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right hand late last month but has made a quick return. He'll take batting practice on Tuesday but will likely be used mainly as a pinch-runner and defensive substitution down the stretch.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 01:46:00 PM

Leonys Martin (hand) could return before the end of the season.

Martin had surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right hand on August 26 and it was thought at the time that it would end his season. However, he's been working out and the Rangers could bring him back as a defensive sub and/or pinch-runner late in the year. "He’s a definite defensive weapon," manager Jeff Banister said, "if we can get him where he’s healthy enough and able to do it."
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 12:39:00 PM

Leonys Martin will have surgery on Wednesday to remove the hamate bone in his right hand.

Martin had been holding out hope that he could play through it, but the decision has been made to have the procedure. It will end a disappointing season for the outfielder, as he batted just .220/.265/.314 in 309 plate appearances for the Rangers and was sent to the minors earlier this month.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 07:32:00 PM

Leonys Martin has been diagnosed with a fractured right hamate bone.

It's been a bad month for Martin, who was optioned to Triple-A on August 4. He'll have surgery to remove the bone soon and there's a distinct chance that it will end his season. Martin has hit a disappointing .220/.265/.314 in 309 plate appearances this season.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Rangers optioned OF Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock.

Martin has batted just .220/.265/.314 in 309 plate appearances this season for the Rangers, who will hope that a short demotion to the minors gets him going like it did for second baseman Rougned Odor. Delino DeShields Jr. has been serving as Texas' starting center fielder.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 04:45:00 PM

Leonys Martin broke up a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the ninth inning on Thursday, leading the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Orioles.

Martin finished the night 1-for-3 and also drew a walk. He has been a major disappointment for the Rangers and fantasy owners alike this season, slashing a mere .225/.268/.328 with five homers, 24 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 10:28:00 PM

Leonys Martin went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Martin's two-run single off of Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning put the Rangers on the board. They would score an additional run in the frame to tie the score at 3-all before Salvador Perez untied it with a solo homer an inning later. This season, the center fielder is hitting a lackluster .237/.277/.339 with three homers and 18 RBI.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 04:59:00 PM

Leonys Martin is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox.

Delino DeShields will start in center field and bat leadoff against Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Chances are Martin will be back in there Friday with right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright on the hill.
Thu, May 28, 2015 04:33:00 PM

Leonys Martin is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

It appears as though the Rangers will continue to ride the hot hand, with Delino DeShields again starting in center field and hitting leadoff for the Rangers against opposing southpaw C.C. Sabathia. Look for Martin to return to the lineup on Sunday.
Sat, May 23, 2015 10:49:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Lerud
5Steven Baron
1B1Adam Lind
2Jesus Montero
3Dae-ho Lee
4Gaby Sanchez
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nori Aoki
2Shawn O'Malley
3Stefen Romero
CF1Leonys Martin
2Boog Powell
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4James Paxton
5Wade Miley
6Nate Karns
7Jose Torres
8Joe Wieland
9Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Evan Scribner
8Jonathan Aro
9Justin De Fratus
10Vidal Nuno
11Tony Zych
12Casey Coleman
13Blake Parker
14Ryan Cook