So much for the Red Sox having interest in Tino Martinez as their hitting coach.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Martinez has been hired as the hitting coach with the Marlins. He’ll join the staff of Mike Redmond, who was named manager last week.
Martinez has never coached professionally, but was a special assistant with the Yankees and has served as an instructor with the club during spring training. The Tampa native was most recently an analyst with YES Network.
Martinez played 16 seasons in the major leagues, compiling a .271/.344/.471 batting line to go along with 1,925 hits and 339 homers while making stops with the Mariners, Yankees, Cardinals and Rays.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short.
Despond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances. The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.