Free agent pitcher Nick Martinez has signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Martinez was linked to the Dodgers as a potential free agent signing, but instead is joining the Reds on a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year.
Martinez initially debuted in the Majors back in 2014 with the Texas Rangers, but struggled mightily over the first four years of his career. He then went to Japan, where he spent four seasons before coming back to the MLB and joining the San Diego Padres.
In San Diego, Martinez was able to revitalize his career as a hybrid starter and reliever. Martinez made 110 appearances over the last two seasons, starting 19 games and sporting a 3.45 ERA with 201 strikeouts.
Last year, Martinez had a solid 3.43 ERA in 110.1 innings, earning himself a solid payday in free agency.
The Dodgers were linked to Martinez as they value versatility, but instead, he joins the Reds who have been one of the many teams looking for starting pitching this offseason.
The Dodgers are yet to get involved in the starting pitching market, but have been heavily linked to Yoshinobu Yamamoto and even Martinez’s teammate in San Diego, Blake Snell.
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