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Postby Amazinz » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:14 pm

The New York Mets have signed a 16-year-old outfielder in one of the richest deals for a prospect from the Dominican Republic.

Fernando Martinez got a $1.4 million contract last week, even though he can't play in the United States until he turns 18.

"I didn't expect something of this size," Martinez said Saturday at his home in Rio San Juan.

Even with his lucrative deal, Martinez said he wants to attend college and study business administration. The Mets included $100,000 to pay for his studies as part of the package.

Martinez, who bats left-handed and throws righty, was signed by former major league shortstop Rafael Bournigal, the Mets' director of international scouting.

Because of his arm strength, a number of scouts had expressed interest in Martinez, comparing him to fellow Dominicans Raul Mondesi and Jose Guillen.

The Mets have a baseball academy in the Dominican and a team in the Dominican summer league. The training complex in San Cristobal is in operation all year long.


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Postby bigh0rt » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:20 pm

So he's actually what, 29 years old? :-b

Hopefully the kid ends up being legit. ;-D
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:09 pm

bigh0rt wrote:So he's actually what, 29 years old? :-b

Wouldn't surprise me. :-D

I wish they'd post some footage of this kid to show what it was that made them think a 16-year old is worth that kind of money.
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Postby Amazinz » Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:44 pm

Well no movie yet but they posted a pic on MSG:

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Postby raiders_umpire » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:43 pm

wonder if this turns into a waste of cash :-? :-? guess it will be 2 years before we can find anything out......
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Postby Amazinz » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:45 pm

Yeah I'm hoping he goes the Miggy route, either Cabrera or Tejada. :-D
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Postby Rirruto » Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:55 am

I think I read somewhere they might turn him into a pitcher
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:44 am

Big article about Fernando in the Daily News.

Even the losers in the Martinez sweepstakes can only shake their heads at the one that got away.

"He's got the tools, the arm, the bat. Speed. Plus he's smart and very disciplined," says Yankees scout Victor Mata, who laughs when reminded of the current Bomber woes in center field. "He's got power. I say his bat swing is like a martillo, a hammer. He'll make it to the big leagues soon."

Felix Francisco, a scout for the Padres in Santo Domingo, says he was given the green light by San Diego GM Kevin Towers to open up the coffers and try to get Martinez.

"We had offered $1.3 million," Francisco says. "I thought we would get him. But Noboa told me (Martinez's) father has family in New York. I don't know, maybe in the end that was the difference. He's a special player. You are not going to find anyone with more tools at that age. And he has a good family, good education."
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Postby pokerplaya » Tue Jul 19, 2005 12:40 am

1.4 million..... 8-o 8-o 8-o 8-o

There is just way too much uncertainty to warrant giving someone so young that much money. That said, it doesn't phase me in the least so keep on shelling it out.... :-D
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:03 am

Time for an update, dudes...

Fernando Martinez is now 18-years old and playing for the Hagerstown Suns. This is his first year of pro ball.

So far...

.333/.429/.500 G 9 AB 36 R 3 HR 0 RBI 5

Then tonight he went 1-for-4 (a 2-R HR).
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