John Maine leaves Rockies’ AAA team, considering retirement

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As reported by Jack Etikin of Inside the Rockies, right-hander John Maine has grown frustrated by his struggles this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and is considering retiring from baseball.

Maine left Colorado Springs on Tuesday after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in four-plus innings Monday against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. He threw 95 pitches in the outing, and just 52 of them were strikes. The 30-year-old has registered a 7.43 ERA, 35 strikeouts and a whopping 37 walks in 46 frames this year at the Triple-A level.

He’s going to take some time off before deciding whether to actually call it quits or return to his post in the Rockies’ minor league system. Maine signed a minor league contract with Colorado this past offseason after finishing with a 6.13 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over nine starts in 2010 for the Mets. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder a little over one year ago and has been unable to fully recover.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.