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Leonys Martin signs with Chiba Lotte Marines

outfielder Leonys Martin announced the signing of a one – year contract with the Japanese Chiba Lotte Marines, according to the Associated Press agency. Martin became a free agent on June 29, a week after the Indians appointed him for an assignment.

Trekking to Asia continues scary months for 31-year-old Martin. The Indians bought Martin in Detroit on the trade deadline last July, but his season ended in mid-August due to a life-threatening bacterial infection. Martin overcame the disease and returned to Cleveland with a salary of $ 3 million. He spent the first months of 2019 as the main field player. However, the tribe cut the cord on Martin after an unproductive start. As an Indian player who has struggled in general this season, Martin has managed a lean centennial .199 / .276 / .343 (61 wRC +) with nine homers, four flights in nine attempts and minus -0.5 fWAR on 264 games.

Although Martin's 2019 went wrong with the Tribe, he was a 2.5-FWAR player barely a year ago. It was the fourth year with at least 2.0 fWAR for Martin, a defense adept, who was in his first full season in 2013 with the Rangers. Martin also flew between 24 and 36 bases in four seasons, but he combined only 11 flights during his truncated campaigns of 2018-19. It will take a lifetime .244 / .301 / .367 (81 wRC +) with 58 circuits and 126 flights in 2792 MLB attempts abroad, although it would not be surprising to see Martin return to the majors by the after.

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