Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Arms buildup: Yankees acquire reliever Chris Martin from Rockies

The New York Yankees continue to fill their system with big power pitchers, acquiring right-handed reliever Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. The deal was first reported by YES Network’s Jack Curry via Twitter.

Martin, 28, appeared in 16 games for the Rockies in 2014, registering a 6.89 ERA (3.77 FIP) in 15.2 innings. It was Martin’s first taste of the majors. He struck out 14 batters and walked four. Martin has minor league options available, thus supplying the Yankees with increased bullpen depth. The Rockies designated Martin for assignment Jan. 5.

The Yankees have been accumulating plenty of bullpen depth this offseason, bringing in a substantial number of relievers, adding to an already strong part of their system. Martin, who owns a 3.09 ERA in just under 300 minor league innings, stands 6-foot-8 and throws in the mid-90’s. He's piled up strikeouts as a minor leaguer (8.4 K/9) without sacrificing control (2.0 BB/9).

Martin will appear at spring training but he’ll be hard pressed to make the club. The Yankees will arrive with an immense number of bullpen options of which Martin will not rank considerably high to start. He's simply there for injuries depth at this point.

The Yankees designated reliever Gonzalez Germen for assignment to make space for Martin on the 40-man roster according to the Yankees' official announcement of the trade. The club will actually need to remove another name from the roster once the Stephen Drew signing becomes official.

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Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.