There were reports a little while back that the Braves were going to trade the Lisp; it didn’t happen, but it would probably be a good thing for all concerned if they did. Not that he lacks value. Martinez pitched well (3.36 ERA) in the long man role in 2011, and with so much young starting pitching a long man is something you need. But his strikeout rate is pedestrian and last year he was a fly-ball pitcher who (unlike most of the Braves relievers) was somewhat homer-prone (he allowed eight; his homer rate was actually league-average, it just stands out on this team). His biggest strength was control. In short, he doesn’t profile as someone who would move into a major bullpen role, but as someone who might, possibly, be a back-of-the-rotation starter. That’s not a need on this ballclub, but a lot of teams are using a lot worse in their fourth and fifth starter spots. If the Braves could get a reasonable prospect for him, or he could help get a hitter, you go for it.
As a long man, was used mostly in low-leverage situations in 2011. He had only three holds, and no blown saves. He lost three games, all of which he entered with the score tied, but two were in the eleventh inning (back to back appearances against the Dodgers and Padres in April) and the other (against the Phillies in September, a killer loss) he came in for Delgado in the sixth. Baseball-Reference counts 70 percent of the plate appearances against him as “low-leverage”. Given the problems the Braves had finding a righthanded setup man, that shows you what Fredi thinks of him. Then again, Fredi was the manager when the Marlins waived Martinez in spring of 2010.