Author: AJ Cassavell
Published on: 2022-11-15 21:12:31
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SAN DIEGO — The Padres are taking a major step toward fortifying their pitching depth, poised to bring right-hander Nick Martinez back to San Diego.
Martinez and the Padres are close to an agreement, sources said Tuesday night. The club has not yet confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.
Martinez was due $19.5 million over the next three years of his contract when he opted out of his previous deal ahead of last Thursday’s deadline. That opt-out was something of a formality while the two sides restructured a contract, sources said. Martinez was always hopeful to return to San Diego.
He is expected to do so in a starting role after having served in multiple capacities last season. The Padres needed to fill out the back end of their rotation behind Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. Martinez is the…