By Jesus Perez Vichot (Chuchi)
The casualties continue to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC). For one reason or another, every day more players have been added to the list of those who will not be present in said tournament after having previously said “yes”. In the case of the Cuban-American pitcher Nick Martínez, it is his personal decision not to attend this event that will be held next March.
The right-hander who would have signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Padres was a starter in his first four MLB seasons with the Rangers (2014-2017). But last year with the San Diego team he appeared in 47 games (10 starts). As a starter he had not done well in his career, with an affectivity in 2016 and 2017 above 5.00, five wins and eleven losses. As a reliever in 2022 he fared much better, going 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA.
From 2018 to 2021 Martínez served in the Japan Professional Baseball League. He pitched with the Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2018 to 2020 and with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2021. The Stars and Stripes team so far has an elite group of relievers. Although the absence of the Cuban-American in the preliminary roster is not welcome news, they still have a lot of cloth to cut.