According to the Houston Chronicle, the Yankees have traded for former top prospect Fernando Martinez.
Once upon a time, a deal for Martinez would have been a near blockbuster, but these days it’s little more than minor league outfield depth for a team that badly needs it. The Yankees are sending short-season reliever Charles Basford to the Astros (he was a 37th-round pick last year).
As my friend Donnie Collins points out on Twitter, tonight’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup had utility infielders — Addison Maruszak and Walter Ibarra — in the outfielder corners, plus Class-A fill-in Cody Grice in center. With Thomas Neal and Zoilo Almonte in the big leagues, and Melky Mesa, Brennan Boesch and Ronnier Mustelier on the disabled list, the Yankees need Triple-A outfielders if only to put players where they should be.
Martinez was once a gem of the Mets system, but it’s been pretty bad when given chances in the big leagues. He’s been pretty bad in Triple-A this year, as well, but he at least has a history of some production at that level.