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Martin Good Fit for NL Team

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    Ed Zurga
    KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 7: Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 7, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    Leonys Martin is having far and away his worst season at the plate as a big-league regular, struggling to get his on-base percentage up to a respectable number — for a batting average.

    On the other hand, with each passing game he gets to play — which is few and far between these days — he continues to show he has perhaps gotten better than ever in the field.

    Martin made Mark Teixeira his latest victim on Monday night when he gunned down the former Ranger, who went on to blame his third-base coach for his being thrown out, and he also managed to rob a home run. He did that again on Tuesday night.

    Martin is basically nothing but a late-game defensive replacement for the Rangers. He could be a pinch-running candidate, but he's suddenly forgotten how to steal bases after swiping 67 bags in the past two seasons.

    Martin could be appealing for an NL team looking for a fourth outfielder, mainly because the NL style of play uses more pinch-hitters and more defensive replacements. He has stolen 14 bases this year and put in the right situation could be used as a late-game pinch-runner.

    He won't get the Rangers much in return, but don't be shocked if he's moved soon.