The 2022-23 MLB offseason is beginning to heat up as players and teams begin making plans for next year and beyond. While many free agents are looking to change teams, some are content to remain where they are.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez is one such player, as he's reportedly returning to the San Diego Padres on a new deal less than a week after opting out of his contract.
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According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Martinez has inked a new three-year pact with San Diego that will pay him at least $26 million. Heyman also reports that the contract includes numerous incentives as well, although it's unclear what those are or how much they're worth.
Regardless, this move appears to be a win for both sides. The 32-year-old now has some stability over the next few years and gets to stay with the Padres, who are coming off one of their best seasons in years and appear poised to contend for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, San Diego gets to retain a valuable member of its staff who posted a 3.47 ERA over 106 1/3 innings in a variety of roles last year, including starter, reliever and closer.
While the Padres fizzled out in the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez excelled in his first taste of the postseason, logging a 0.82 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 innings. He'll try to help San Diego go on another deep playoff run next year, as the Padres currently have the seventh-best championship odds for 2023 (+1400) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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