Cubs Receive RHP Jonathan Martinez from Dodgers as PTBNL in Darwin Barney Trade

According to a report from Bob Nightengale, the Cubs received 20-year old RHP Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Darwin Barney deal.

PrintMartinez was pitching for Low-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League and was 7-5 in 19 starts with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. In 106 1/3 innings this season, Martinez gave up 110 hits with 19 walks and 91 strikeouts.

Jonathan Martinez is a very good return for a player that was designated for assignment and did not fit in the Cubs long-term plans.

Updated 3:28pm CDT: The Dodgers confirmed the trade with the Cubs sending RHP Jonathan Martinez to the Cubs as the PTBNL in the deal for Darwin Barney. The Dodgers also picked up $500,000 of the roughly $800,000 owed to Barney for this season. The Dodgers optioned Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jonathan Martinez turned 20 years old last month (June 27) and earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors in last June.

According to various reports, the 6-foot-1, 203 pound right hander features a fastball in the 93-94 mph range that shows plus potential. And he was working on a change-up and a slider. Martinez’s fastball was described as “average with some movement with room for more.”

Jonathan Martinez’s go-to-pitch is his slider that can be erratic at times.

Jonathan Martinez has spent time as a reliever and in the rotation and appears to project as a starter. Martinez has been very good this year in Low-A Ball and there is time to develop Martinez into at least a bullpen arm.

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  • daverj

    Looks like Epstein may be getting another one of his former guys … Feliz Doubront. He was once a top prospect.

  • tony d

    So great of a deal! Best trade of the year.

    • Theboardrider

      Pound for pound, it may just be. As far as us getting something for nothing. Obviously Addison Russell is a tough return to beat in any trade, but for Barney, this is more than anyone could have expected.

      • Bredboy

        Well, the timing of the Russell trade is looking better every day. Hammel got pounded again today and has a 9.53 ERA so far for Oakland. Not saying they would have, but if those four starts took place in a Cubs uniform in identical fashion, his value would have plummetted by now. Needless to say, I’m highly satisified with both of these deals as they stand.

  • calicub

    Man these guys are fantastic at getting strong returns!

    • J Daniel

      Come on man, really? Addison Russell is a top prospect in the game and they acquired him. What do you expect in return for guys like Barney when they are really not that good? Taking a shot on a young prospect for Barney or a possible change in scenery for Doubront is no big deal. They do not have much of value, unless they trade Castro, Rizzo, Alcantara, or other top prospects, to get anything good back.

      • calicub

        huh?!? i just commended the trade!

        • No Baseball In Indiana

          Can we please get a sarcasm font or an eye-roll emoticon?

          • calicub

            I think using the ~ before a sarcastic sentence could really do the trick. Like:

            ~Yeah that’s a great trade.

        • J Daniel

          Sorry! I truly thought you were being sarcastic, my apologies!!!

          • calicub

            No worries here bud.

      • Tony_H

        I think you misread this post. I took it as he was happy with the return. It is more than I expected back for Barney at this point.

        • calicub

          exactly. I was honestly expecting cash to take the place of the PTBNL. Very very impressive return, even if he is a low A guy.

        • calicub

          but I suppose sarcasm is hard to discern on the internet…

      • Theboardrider

        Yeah, I think he was serious J :). It’s hard to look at this return and not think it was really good from any standpoint I think.

  • Tony_H

    Darwin Barney was optioned to the Dodgers AAA team in Albuquerque.

  • Neil

    The Dodgers have confirmed the deal. I posted an update and Barney was optioned to Triple-A

  • Theboardrider

    Wow, this appears to be a pretty solid return considering what Barney meant, or didn’t mean, to us.

  • GaryLeeT

    At first glance Martinez doesn’t look like anything special. 4 years in the pros, and is only at mid A, more hits allowed and fewer Ks than innings pitched. However, there is still a chance for him to improve, and is still a relatively unknown quantity, but with Barney, what you see is what you get.

    • Neil

      Gary, from what I’ve read his delivery and mechanics have been better this year, and the numbers back it up. Also, he just turned 20. Could be a bullpen arm, could be nothing, but there appears to be something to work with.

    • Theboardrider

      Pretty good analysis I’d say Gary…

  • BillyFinT

    I’ll like to take this chance and say something about Darwin Barney. He was underrated. Most casual fans might remember him this year as a bench warmer the way Logan Watkins was last season (wonder who’ll replace the goner and his role?). That wasn’t the case.

    It’s not about the Gold Glove that Darwin earned. It’s his leadership and his understanding of the game. Starlin Castro once praised Barney for teaching him how to play shortstop. Barney has always been focused on the field, while might be said to be an “organizational guy.” That’s a tough position to stay focus.

    I believe he’s more than that. He played for winners in college — Oregon State — led them to consecutive championships in Division I. He has the drive to success, not hitting on the M.L. level, apparently. Barney had performed at clutch situations, big hits. He’s like, quote the late Ron Santo, “Little Babe Ruth” Fontenot.

    All my best wishes.

  • Eugene Debs

    Wow! What a nice return for Barney. Let’s not go crazy, but I figured he’d be given away.