Carlos Martinez’s contract extension with the St. Louis Cardinals is a win-win for both the player and the team.
Martinez gets a pay raise over the next five years — seven if the Cardinals pick of a pair of option years at the end. And the Cardinals aren’t just locking up their best pitcher — they are keeping their most entertaining player in the fold. More win-win.
Martinez is a do-it-all player who does everything with a sense of flair, which makes him all the more entertaining. Think: Carlos Zambrano, but with a friendly relationship with Gatorade coolers.
For example, check out Martinez handling the bat:
Putting the ball in play is nice, but watching him circle the bases at Coors Field makes you raise your eyebrows for a moment:
And it’s not as if that athleticism isn’t limited to the bases, just watch him field his position with quick twitch reflexes:
Oh yeah, he can pitch, too:
Martinez is going to be a thorn in the side of the National League Central for the foreseeable future. But he’ll be worth watching from afar — when he isn’t facing your team.