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Leonys Martin | Outfielder | #12

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details
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Leonys Martin went 3-for-5 with a homer and a triple Thursday in the win over the Orioles.
Martin had more RBI today (four) than in his previous 14 games combined (three). He's been an asset as the Tigers' stopgap center fielder, batting .295/.358/.475 through 61 at-bats. Apr 19 - 4:54 PM

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Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 and swatted a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

His shot off starter Carlos Carrasco was the only run of the game for Detroit. It was Martin's first homer of the season to go with three RBI and a .256/.356/.385 slash line through 10 games. He was also caught stealing in the ballgame.
Apr 11 - 9:09 PM

Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Monday in the Tigers' 8-6 victory over the Orioles.

Martin keeps hitting leadoff this spring, suggesting that he'll occupy that spot in the regular season, at least against righties. That's not a surprise, though, given the lack of alternatives on the Tigers' roster. Martin could have modest early season value in mixed leagues.
Feb 26 - 6:03 PM

The lineup that the Tigers are rolling out against the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League play on Saturday has all nine of their projected regulars in it, with Leonys Martin getting the call in the leadoff spot.

It's anyone's guess how new manager Ron Gardenhire will structure his lineup once the season begins, but Saturday's lineup could be a glimpse into what he's thinking against right-handed pitching. If indeed Martin gets a shot at the top of the lineup, it would provide a major boost to his fantasy outlook.
Feb 24 - 8:08 AM

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

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