July 22, 1979 |
Martí was 1-0 with two saves and no earned runs at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, helping Cuba to a second-place finish. He was named to the all-tournament team. He also pitched for Cuba in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, coming one out short of a seven-inning perfect game against Venezuela.
Martí was originally slated to play in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, but he and Yasser Gómez were kicked off the team in November 2008 for an unspecified reason, believed to be an attempted defection to the United States. Marti, Gómez and Juan Yasser Serrano reportedly defected from Cuba in December 2008 in an effort to get to the Dominican Republic to seek a Major League Baseball career. In August 2009, they were declared free agents.
Martí signed with the Oakland Athletics as a free agent to a Minor League contract on August 6, 2010. Martí was invited to spring training with the Athletics in 2011 as a non-roster invitee. He played the 2011 season with the Stockton Ports of the Class-A Advanced California League, the Midland RockHounds of the Class-AA Texas League, and the Sacramento River Cats of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League.
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- "Two thrown off Cuba's top team, likely out of WBC". ESPN. Associated Press. November 27, 2008. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- Enrique Rojas (December 29, 2008). "Sources: Marti, Gomez defect". ESPN. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- Jorge Arangure, Jr. (August 5, 2009). "Cuban free agents could provide playoff boost". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- 2011 Oakland Athletics Non-Roster Invitees