Braves sign RHP Chris Martin

Atlanta inks righty to a two-year deal

November 20th, 2019

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves tonight signed RHP Chris Martin to a two-year contract worth $14 million. Martin will make $7 million in each year of the deal. The Braves now have 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster. 

Martin, 33, finished last season with the Braves after the club acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline from Texas for LHP Kolby Allard. The righty appeared in 58 games between the two clubs, compiling a 3.40 ERA (21 ER/55.2 IP) with four saves and a 22.0 K/BB ratio (65 strikeouts/5 walks). He went 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA (8 ER/17.2 IP) in 20 games for the Braves, striking out 22 and walking just one. 

Martin’s 0.81 BB/9 ratio last season led all qualifying relievers. The next closest reliever was Oakland’s Yusmeiro Petit with a 1.08 mark.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound native of Arlington, Texas, joined the Rangers as a free agent in December of 2017. He spent two years in Japan from 2015-2017, while also playing for Colorado and New York (AL).

Originally drafted by the Rockies in the 21st round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Martin owns a 4.51 career ERA (67 ER/133.2 IP) in 144 games, all in relief. Since returning from Japan, Martin has a 3.84 ERA (42 ER/97.1) in 104 games with 102 strikeouts and 10 walks.