The strange week that was for Eddy Julio Martinez continued Friday to the point the Cubs may not have an agreement in place as reported Thursday.
Jesse Sanchez reported last Sunday that Martinez had agreed to terms with the Giants for $2.5 million. Baseball America’s Ben Badler and Jon Heyman confirmed Sanchez’s report. It appeared the Cubs lost out on a potential impact talent to the Giants.
Two days later, Keith Law reported Martinez did not sign with the Giants. Law was in the Dominican Republic at the time. Law watched a workout and said Martinez was not hurt. The deal with the Giants just fell apart. Wednesday another report surfaced indicating Martinez was looking for $3 million, not $2.5 million, and the difference in the money was what prevented the Giants from landing the player.
Thursday night, Jesse Sanchez reported the Cubs had a deal in place with Martinez for $3 million. The Cubs stepped up and paid the extra $500,000. Sanchez’s report was confirmed by Jeff Passan and Keith Law. And Law went as far to say the deal was pending a physical before becoming official.
Eddy Julio Martinez is seen as one of the top International prospects and has been compared to Andruw Jones. Keith Law thinks he would be a first round pick in the draft if he was eligible.
The Cubs have not confirmed or denied a deal is in place with Eddy Julio Martinez according to the Tribune.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News talked to Giants’ GM Bobby Evans. And one of the topics discussed Friday was Eddy Julio Martinez.
Kawakami posted, “Evans also had a very intriguing answer when I asked about Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez, who was reportedly set to sign with the Giants for $2.5 million, then reportedly headed to the Cubs for $3 million, and today Evans said this could take an even more interesting turn. ‘That’s probably going to be a great story in the near future,’ Evans said, pointing out that he is still talking with Martinez’s representatives. I asked Evans point-blank if that means Martinez could still sign with the Giants, Evans said he didn’t want to go into detail, but said: ‘I want to be careful not to be presumptuous, but yeah, I think there’s still that chance.’”
It’s unknown if Eddy Julio Martinez has agreed in principal with the Cubs on a contract, or with any other team at this point. This is a story that will continue to develop and will force the Cubs, Giants or Martinez’s representatives to issue a statement to clear up the conflicting reports.