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Mariners DFA Leonys Martin: What the Internet Thinks

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Y’all are some emotional people.

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Yesterday, the Mariners made a pretty surprising move. Dan Vogelbach was coming up to the majors after hitting the snot out of the ball in Tacoma. Going down was...Leonys Martin?!

Martin had been lauded as one of Jerry Dipoto’s best pickups in his first offseason. Seattle acquired him from the Rangers for Tom Wilhelmsen and Patrick Kivlehan (who were later sent back to Seattle for free) alongside bad-outfielder-turned-worse-pitcher James Jones. With Anthony Bass also packing his bags for Japan after the M’s got him in the deal, only Jones remains in the organization that acquired him in that deal.

But Martin fell out of favor with the team. He was a clubhouse favorite and an energizer on and off the field last year, but the outfielder was hitting .111/.172/.130 with a -12 wRC+ through 58 plate appearances in 2017. His defense wasn’t enough to justify his role anymore, and the team made the choice to move on.

Here are the facts:

Many fans were saddened by the move.

Regardless of how they personally felt, most understood the need for the change.

Fans of other teams are practically begging their squads to give Leonys another opportunity.

Perhaps Martin will stay with the organization. Maybe he won’t. What do you think about the move? What do you expect from the center fielder going forward?