Chris Martin

Saturday, November 4, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

A few days before the Major-League trading deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for the utility player Zach McKinstry. As a Dodger, Martin was a brilliant right-handed reliever, and he closed out Game 1 victory during the NLDS against the San Diego Padres. With the injuries to Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol, the Dodgers need to re-sign Martin.

No team with championship aspirations can have a weak bullpen, but predicting how a reliever will do from year to year is almost impossible. After having a great season, a reliever can develop an injury that affects his performance. Rarely, a reliever can have a prolonged great career.

Martin has unbelievable control. As a Dodger, Martin walked only one while striking out 34. With the Cubs, he regularly allowed home runs, but as a Dodger, he gave up only one homer. Since he has experience as a closer, Martin can compete for that role in the 2023 season.

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