When he was designated for assignment by the Mets, Fernando Martinez seemed to be an intriguing depth option for the Yankees. He’s a young outfielder who’s never lived up to his potential, but he’s also a young outfielder who still has potential and could be stashed in Triple-A to help fill a mild void in the Yankees farm system.
That won’t happen.
Martinez reportedly has been claimed off waivers by the Astros, who clearly have more significant problems than the Yankees. He would have been a fifth or sixth outfield option in pinstripes. In Houston, he might be the fifth or sixth hitter in the lineup.