Joe Martinez Designated for Assignment

The Pirates designated Martinez for assignment.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Joe Martinez for assignment, clearing space for Kevin Correia to be added to the 40-man roster.  The 40-man roster, which has been at 41 men since Friday, is now back to 40.

Martinez was acquired in the Javier Lopez trade with the San Francisco Giants last year, along with John Bowker.  In 19.2 innings in 2010 between the Giants and Pirates, Martinez put up a 4.12 ERA, along with a 4.1 K/9, a 4.1 BB/9, and a 0.5 HR/9.  He can start, but his upside is likely as a middle reliever.

The Pirates have ten days to trade Martinez.  If they can’t work out a trade, and he clears waivers, the Pirates can outright him to AAA.

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  • John Lease

    Tony McKnight! Boy, was he bad. I loved Johnny Ray too, a very good trade at the time. Who did the Pirates send to the Giants to re-acquire Milt?

    • JohnDreker

      Steve Nicosia, “play me or trade me”…Didn’t like losing his job to Pena

      • John Lease

        Ah yes. Well, at least Nic got to play some, but his career was over probably quicker than if he would have stayed and been a backup.

  • JohnDreker

    I was a big fan of Ray too, he was coming up as I started following baseball closely. Really any players during that era that did good still rank up there as my all-time favs. I made a display about ten years back with all the 1981-82 Topps/Donruss/Fleer Pirates cards