On Monday, Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, tweeted that Mets prospect Fernando Martinez would make his winter league debut tonight for the Escogido Lions. Rojas also shared that Escogido and the Licey Tigers were involved in trade talks for the young Martinez.
Hansel Matthews, of Hoy Digital (a Dominican Newspaper), gives us some details in the trade negotiations between Licey and Escogido.
According to Matthews, Escogido was intent on trading Martinez to Licey on Monday, but when Escogido offered Martinez for the versatile Emilio Bonifacio, Licey rejected the offer. Escogido representative, Angel Santana then called Licey once again and offered Martinez for rookies Carlos Peguero and Carlos Truinfel (both Seattle Mariner prospects), but Licey rejected the offer once again deeming it to much to give up for Martinez.
So from the looks of things, Fernando Martinez is set to make his DWL debut tonight, for los Leones de Escogido. Last winter, Martinez was named MVP of the Caribbean Series, while leading Escogido to the championship. Martinez photo courtesy of Escogido.com
According to the Leones de Escogido website, Mets prospect Justin Turner is also set to make his debut. According to the article, Turner arrived to the Dominican Republic on Saturday and has been training since arriving. Turner is said to see action at second base, shortstop, and third base for Escogido. Turner hit .316 12 HR 43 RBI between AAA-Norfolk (Orioles) and AAA-Buffalo in 2010.