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Leonys Martín shut down for remainder of season

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Indians outfielder Leonys Martín has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes reports. Martín’s recovery from a life-threatening bacterial infection has gone well, but doctors are advising that he not return to baseball this season so he can devote his full attention to recovering.

Martín, 30, began the season with the Tigers, but was traded to the Indians ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 in exchange for minor leaguer Willi Castro. Between both teams, Martín hit .255/.323/.425 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI, and 48 runs scored in 353 plate appearances.

Martín will be eligible for arbitration in his fourth and final year after this season. He will likely get a slight bump on his current $1.75 million salary.

Greg Allen has handled center field for the most part while Martín has been sidelined and that figures to be the case the rest of the way.

Report: Martinez, Nationals agree to contract extension

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WASHINGTON — Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Martinez led the Nationals to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 2019, his second season as the team’s skipper.

When he initially was hired, Martinez signed a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 that had not yet been picked up by the Nationals.

After a title defense slowed by injuries and inconsistency during a 60-game season delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Washington was 23-34 and last in the NL East before facing the New York Mets on Friday night.

It’s the second game of a season-ending four-game series at Nationals Park.

Martinez was sporting his World Series ring on his right hand when he spoke to reporters via a video chat before word emerged Friday afternoon of a change to his contract.

“The coaching staff and myself decided to wear it for the last week of the season, so we’ve been wearing it this whole week. It’s kind of cool,” Martinez said about his ring. “Come Sunday, it goes off and goes back in its little shiny box. But it’s kind of nice to look down and look at it.”

Asked earlier in the week whether he would like his up-in-the-air contract status resolved before the season ends, Martinez said his agent and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had been discussing the matter.

“I love it here. I don’t see myself going anywhere else,” Martinez said then. “I appreciate the family. I appreciate this organization. We’ve built a special relationship here, so I hope I get a chance to stay for many, many years.”

Then he paused for five seconds before adding: “The sooner, the better, though.”