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Giants sign former All-Star to minor league deal [report]

© Ron Chenoy | 2021 Jul 4

Carlos Martínez, a two-time All-Star right-handed pitcher, is joining the Giants’ organization according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

SF signed Martínez to an incentive-laded minor league contract, per Rosenthal, that’s worth up to $4 million.

The nine-year veteran made the All-Star team in 2015 and 2017 with the Cardinals — the only other franchise he’s pitched for.

Martínez struggled in 2021, recording a 6.23 ERA in 16 starts. He landed on the 60-day injured left after undergoing thumb surgery in July and pitched just 82.1 innings.

Martínez’s last effective season was 2019, when he made 48 appearances out of St. Louis’ bullpen. That season, Martínez posted a 3.17 ERA with a career-high 9.9 strikeouts per nine. It was his fifth straight season with a sub-4.00 ERA.

Martínez is the second Carlos to join the organization in the past weekend. Carlos Rodón, who’s reportedly been at spring training in Scottsdale despite his signing not finalized yet, signed a two-year $44 million deal Friday.

For Opening Day, the Giants have a five-man rotation of Logan Webb, Rodón, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood and Alex Cobb. Martínez presumably could be in a group of Sammy Long, Sean Hjelle and Tyler Beede competing for a regular role.

Since Martínez is signing a minor league deal, he won’t count on the 40-man roster and therefore the Giants won’t have to make a corresponding move. A transaction is expected to make room for Rodón.

 

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