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Thread: Martinez Spurns MLB and Signs with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters!

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    Martinez Spurns MLB and Signs with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters!

    MLBTR reports...

    Martinez To Sign With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters
    By Connor Byrne | January 6, 2018 at 5:22pm CDT

    Right-hander Nick Martinez has agreed to a $1.8MM deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag (Twitter link). Martinez revealed that he turned down multiple major league offers before heading to Japan, per Sponichi (h/t: Kazuto Yamazaki of Beyond the Box Score, on Twitter).

    The 27-year-old Martinez had been on the market since the Rangers non-tendered him Dec. 1. Martinez otherwise would have been in line to collect a projected $2MM in arbitration. As it stands, Texas has been the only major league organization for Martinez, whom the team chose in the 18th round of the 2011 draft.

    Martinez ended up exceeding the 100-inning mark in 2014, ’15 and ’17 with the Rangers, though a lack of strikeouts and groundballs helped lead to run prevention issues in the majors. In all, he worked to a 4.77 ERA/5.36 FIP with 5.14 K/9, 3.21 BB/9 and a 39.8 percent grounder rate over 415 1/3 innings before immigrating to Asia. Martinez was worth minus-0.2 fWAR during his Texas tenure, which he wrapped up with a replacement-level 2017 that consisted of 111 1/3 frames of 5.66 ERA/5.80 FIP ball.

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    Moon, thanks for the fake out. LOL!! I thought the headline was about JD.
    The King of TalkSox has Spoken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
    [T]he conclusion to be drawn is that there is no practical value in seeking this ideal lineup, and in that case any way in which it might be meaningfully termed "best" is irrelevant, academic at best, pedantic at worst
    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    Unlike hot streaks and clutch, the “Cliff” is a myth. It can’t be defined, and it’s future existence cannot be proved.

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    Lol.

    Good one Moon.

    Lol.
    "Hating the Yankees like it's a religion since 94'" RIP Mike.


    "It's also a simple and indisputable fact that WAR isn't the be-all end-all in valuations, especially in real life. Wanna know why? Because an ace in run-prevention for 120 innings means more often than not, a sub-standard pitcher covering for the rest of the IP that pitcher fails to provide. You can't see value in a vacuum when a player does not provide full-time production."

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    We need a good laugh with all this endless boredom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    We need a good laugh with all this endless boredom.
    That was cold Moon. Good one though!

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    Good one!
    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    I knew this thread was fraudulent when I saw the word "signs"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    I knew this thread was fraudulent when I saw the word "signs"...
    But you clicked on it to make sure... right?
    The King of TalkSox has Spoken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
    [T]he conclusion to be drawn is that there is no practical value in seeking this ideal lineup, and in that case any way in which it might be meaningfully termed "best" is irrelevant, academic at best, pedantic at worst
    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    Unlike hot streaks and clutch, the “Cliff” is a myth. It can’t be defined, and it’s future existence cannot be proved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    But you clicked on it to make sure... right?
    Ummm... no. I clicked to reply and make the joke about how there is no activity this off-season...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    Ummm... no. I clicked to reply and make the joke about how there is no activity this off-season...
    I clicked for confirmation. It was easier than going to an independent site.
    The King of TalkSox has Spoken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
    [T]he conclusion to be drawn is that there is no practical value in seeking this ideal lineup, and in that case any way in which it might be meaningfully termed "best" is irrelevant, academic at best, pedantic at worst
    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    Unlike hot streaks and clutch, the “Cliff” is a myth. It can’t be defined, and it’s future existence cannot be proved.

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    I saw the post somewhere else before Moon posted it so I'm not giving him humor points for that. lol Now if he was a fan of another team say our illustrious Yankee and Mariners fan - that would have been different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    I knew this thread was fraudulent when I saw the word "signs"...
    The word "signs" was in the actual headline.

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    Posts like this should be cause for 7 day ban.

    1. Title is clickbait.

    2. Post is not in the correct forum.
    "Let's go!" - Joseph Kelly Jr

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp 78 View Post
    Posts like this should be cause for 7 day ban.

    1. Title is clickbait.

    2. Post is not in the correct forum.
    If I am to be banned, please do it now, while there's nothing to talk about anyways!

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