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Astros sign RHP David Martinez to a minor league contract

Former Astros pitcher returns to Houston.

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David Martinez’s only two seasons in the Major League were with the Houston Astros in 2013 and 2014. But Martinez couldn’t find a home on major league roster for the next two seasons with the Rangers, Twins, and Tigers.

But Martinez has returned to the Astros system to added depth to Triple-A Fresno, reports Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.

Martinez, 29, signed as an international amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2005. He appeared in seven games over two seasons with the Astros, he was 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in 18 13 innings.

He split time in 2016 with the Tigers and Twins. In Triple-A Rochester, he was 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 19 games (52.0 IP). In Double-A Erie, he was 2-3 with a 5.62 ERA in 12 games (41.2 IP).

Basically, Martinez is an arm. If the Astros needed him, he’s basically holding a spot until a Double-A arm gets called up.