Jose Martinez signs with Acereros De Monclova of the Mexican League

Jose Martinez joined the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, according to a team announcement.

Martinez burst into the big leagues in 2016 and established a reputation as the first player at bat. Although his defense at first base and in the corners of the outfield was clearly lacking, he could certainly hit. From 2016 to 2019 with the Cardinals, he played in 398 games and had 1,288 plate appearances, hitting .298/.363/.458, wRC+ of 122.

Prior to the 2020 season, the Cardinals traded Martinez, Randy Arozarena and a Rays draft pick for Matthew Liberator, Edgard Rodriguez and a draft pick. His production slipped a bit during the pandemic-shortened season, as he hit .239/.329/.388 for the Rays, before being dealt to the Cubs and not hitting at all in ten games there, finishing the season with a .182/.265/.295 line.

After the Cubs turned him down, he was signed by the Mets for the 2021 campaign. Unfortunately, he collided with a referee during a spring training game, tore his meniscus in his knee and never returned to the major leagues. The club completely outclassed him at the end of the year.

He’s the latest in a string of former big leaguers to join the Acereros. The club also signed Josh Reddick, Pablo Sandoval and Keon Broxton these last weeks.

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