JUPITER, Fla. • The Cardinals have not sold Jose Martinez to Japan in the past off-season, but completed it on Saturday for a $ 3.2 million $ 3.2 million contract. Martinez knows what he does to start with so much money: send it to his family and others to troubled Venezuela.
"It's not even for me. It is for my family. It's a tough situation over there, "said Martinez. "I have to help people. My family first, and then find a way to find something for the people who need some help.
Martinez has two children who live in Venezuela with their mothers.
The Cardinals were approached because of the sale of the family rights to Martinez for this winter to a Japanese team. "Obviously, his earning power would have been much higher if we wanted that," said baseball operations president John Mozeliak. "But we did not feel that made much sense to move him ."
The sale of Martinez "does not sound right," said Mozeliak. "Second, it just did not feel right."
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Martinez is one of the most popular members of the team, and the clubhouse erupted with jubilation when manager Mike Shildt said it announced. Of course, Martinez led the team again last year by .305 and drove in 83 runs.
Mozeiak said: "(Martinez) gets a little bit of security he was looking for and who might not have come if he had to wait another year before he was in the arbitration.
The agreement includes a bonus that 30-year-old Martinez will receive at the beginning of the season. It also contains incentives for played games. Martinez said the rapid expansion "surprised me 100 percent" and said his teammates' reaction to him was significant.
In Golden Rule fashion, Martinez said, "When you treat people like a family, they treat you like a family
" I just wanted to be here, in this clubhouse and at Busch Stadium stay. Now we are just trying to get to this promised land. We try to participate in the World Series and win the World Series.
"If you're a good teammate, good things will happen to you," Martinez said. "I'll try harder now and help the team wherever I can."
OFFICIAL: MIKOLAS TO OPENER
Shildt had already pointed to Miles Mikolas, who may have already started the season opener a few times this spring, also strong on Friday, but the manager made it official on Saturday morning. Mikolas underpinned this decision by throwing two perfect innings at the Marlins.
Mikolas, who will be on the hill on March 28 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, said the nomination was "a great honor to join the Cardinals' list Starter on the opening day .I am very humbled."
Shildt said before the game: "It is in recognition of last year and absolutely deserves. It is a great honor, based on the staff we have."
Mikolas, a Jupiter, was 18-4, had in his last Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Adam Wainwright and even Carlos Martinez spoke opening the first day said Shildt, although Martinez with his persistent "That's why it's such an honor," said Shildt, "I could have said any name here, and you could have said, 'I can see that.'
Mikolas beat Milwaukee 3-0 last season He was zuv or been on the opening day in 2017, in Japan. He suspected that was because the normal Yomiuri Giants starter had played and rested in the World Baseball Classic.
"I might have given up a run, but I think I played well," Mikolas said. He won this game.
In the last game they played, Tommy Edman, Lane Thomas, Max Schrock, Andrew Knizner, Rangel Ravelo and Ramon Uri were part of a 17-hit attack when Memphis won the AAA class Championship by defeating Durham 14-4 on 18 September.
On Saturday, the sextet came for 15 of the 20 matches, with only Knizner and Ravelo, who had two hits, were on the grid. 19659003] Urias had two hits and hit a homer with three runs to mark a fifth run with five runs. Shrock, who had missed last spring's spring training with a leg injury before being sent out, scored three goals and hit a threefold homer for a sixth straight run.
Thomas and Edman also had three hits from the bench
"That was a pretty good overall victory for the team," said Knizer, who had a doubles and a single-player and starters Mikolas and Flaherty.
"Pitching, hit, defense."
"When you When boys compete against each other in a spring training session in the first practice to win, that's special. One sees that not much
Edman, who was three and four and scored two runs on Saturday, said the game reflects "the quality of the Memphis team over the past two years
"We have really given away no bats today. That makes a launcher in the course of a game .
Shildt said, "We had 10 hits in two strokes and three full-count walks. We had every guy work for throwing there.
The non-left-hander Tommy Layne, a product of Fort Zumwalt South High, and Ryan Helsley were the most dominant cardinal pitchers.
veteran Layne, 34, had allowed right-handers to beat him in a .286 clip for his six-year career, as opposed to his .187 mark against left-handers. So Layne struck three right-handers in a row, including Starlin Castro in the fourth inning. He reached 100 miles per hour, pulling off all six hits he'd faced in two innings, and promoted three.