Monday, May 6, 2013

J.D. Martinez on his way back to Houston

Via our old pal Greg Rajan we find that J.D. Martinez - who was originally in the Hooks' lineup today - was called back to Houston today. In five rehab games for Corpus, Martinez has hit .300/.300/.550.

It'll be curious to see if this means the Rick Ankiel Experience is over, or if Humber is gone and Clemens/Cisnero/Keuchel take his spot...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

wouldn't it be better to send Grossman back down so he can start?

Reuben said...

Uh, Anon - you mean the Grossman who's been starting every game since he was called up? Or is there another Grossman on the team?

Anonymous said...

this is the same anon, I think it's great that Grossman has been swinging a fairly decent bat the past couple games, but this is simple money. If they cut or waive Ankiel... they still have to pay him (unless someone else picks him up... which... why?) whereas Grossman will just go back to the milb 40man roster $. in a team that doesn't really want to waste money... why would you think they would?

Chris said...

but you said "since he can start." he has been and will continue to start at the MLB level. if you wanted to say it was a salary issue, you should have said so.

Reuben said...

"in a team that doesn't really want to waste money... why would you think they would?"

Why would they "waste" Ankiel's $750,000 contract? Gee, I dunno... Perhaps because he's clearly no longer a viable MLB starter, whereas Grossman possibly is? That's one of the points of rebuilding years, you give at-bats to promising young players to see if they're good enough.

Anonymous said...

to Chris: no, i said "so he can start" as in continue instead of being in some rotation until Maxwell comes back.

to Reuben: you give "at-bats to promising young players" and that's why they keep Ankiel as a pinch hitter... bc he actually does fill a need in getting limited at bats. See Jason Michael, Orlando Palmeiro etc

Anonymous said...

egg on my face