SP,RP - Cincinnati Reds
Nick Martinez is set to start one of the two games for the Reds on Monday.
It will be a split squad for the Reds with Martinez taking the mound against the Brewers. He signed a two-year deal with the Reds earlier in the offseason.
The Cincinnati Reds signed Nick Martinez to a two-year deal worth $26 million.
The contract includes an opt-out after the first year. Martinez recently opted out of the last two years and $16 million of his deal with San Diego to reach free agency. He should bring a veteran presence to a younger Reds team and can pitch as both a starter and reliever.
The San Diego Padres and reliever Nick Martinez have both declined his two-year option for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Martinez had a two-year, $32 million option on his contract but both he and the club declined that option. He is now a free agent in s search of a big deal after tossing a 3.43 ERA across 63 outings in 2023, nine of which were starts. He also posted a 3.47 ERA across 47 appearances (10 starts) for the club in 2022 after pitching four seasons overseas in the KBO.
Martinez delivered an impressive outing against the White Sox, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight over five shutout innings.
The right-hander showcased excellent command, throwing 76 pitches and not surrendering any earned runs. This performance further solidifies Martinez's fantasy value, as he now boasts a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP on the season. The 33-year-old is subject to a club option for the 2024 season.
Martinez continued his solid season, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out one in three innings of work, but the Padres' offense couldn't provide any run support as they fell to the Mariners 2-0.
With this outing, Martinez now has a 3.55 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP on the season, along with a 2.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio and five wins in 49 appearances. Despite the loss, Martinez has been a reliable starter for the Padres this year.