The Shapkins Defender – Fishing for J.D. Martinez

Welcome to The Shapkins Defender, where I inhale your toxic screeds and spit out the fresh oxygen of optimism, like a tree that kind of understands WAR. (Just don’t ask me to explain it.)
For this edition, I take a deeper look at the Derek Fisher trade, much maligned in some circles of Blue Jays fandom. Specifically, I will look at the ways in which Derek Fisher is like J.D. Martinez, which is less crazy than it seems. Maybe.
J.D. Martinez was born August 21st, 1987. Derek Fisher was born August 21st, 1993. So, he is exactly six years younger, making for an interesting side-by-side comparison.
Each were drafted by the Astros, went through the usual rise through the farm system and then spent three years bouncing between Houston and the minors, struggling to establish themselves as major leaguers.
Then the Astros gave up on both of them. Martinez was outrighted off the Houston roster in November of 2013 and was eventually signed to a minor league deal by the Tigers. Almost six years later, in July of 2019, the Astros kicked Fisher off their roster as well, sending him north of the border to the Blue Jays.
It was at …

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Author: Darragh / Blue Jays Nation

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