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Leonys Martin signs extension with Chiba Lotte

Former Ranger Leonys Martin has signed a two year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines

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Former Texas Ranger outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a two year extension with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese League, per reports.

Martin, who turns 33 next year, joined Chiba Lotte in 2019 after being released by the Cleveland Indians, and returned to the Marines for 2020. Leonys has turned into a power hitter in the JPL, slashing .233/.368/.488 with 39 home runs in 676 plate appearances in the JPL the past two seasons. His 25 home runs this year was good for fourth in the JPL.

Leonys, of course, signed with the Rangers after defecting from Cuba. His bat never developed as hoped, but he was a qualify defensive center fielder who could steal bases and had a terrific arm, and gave the Rangers a couple of very good seasons in 2013-14 before an awful 2015 season led to him getting dealt to the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2016 season.