At just 23, Martinez has had enormous expectations as a supposed phenom but has had a couple disappointing seasons. Rob Neyer suggests that it's a quality move with little to lose for the Astros, and Brian McTaggart points out that the club will need to make room for Martinez on their 40-man roster:
- Twitter / @Enrique_Rojas1 - "Fernando Martinez será reclamado en breve por un equipo de División Central de Liga Nacional. #Mets #Otro"
- Twitter / @AdamRubinESPN - "Source: Fernando Martinez is an Astro"
F-Mart to the Houston Astros - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
"The Mets needed to clear 40-man roster spots for the additions of Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno, and chose to put Martinez as well as left-hander Daniel Herrera on waivers. Because Martinez has an option remaining, he needs to remain on Houston's 40-man roster, but can be optioned to Triple-A in spring training if he does not make the major league club."
Astros Claim Ex-Phenom Fernando Martínez From Mets - Baseball Nation
"But if Martínez can get completely healthy and if he can develop his batting eye as players often do, he might still become a useful major league player. And considering he was essentially free, the Astros would consider that a big win."
Report: Astros get Martinez from Mets " Tag's Lines
The Astros would have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for Martinez.