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The Los Angeles Angels have announced their non-roster invitees to Spring Training, which includes outfielder Jason Martin and right-hander Carson Fulmer. Martin had a productive season in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2023, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 15 bases. The Angels may be in need of outfield depth due to injuries, and they have signed Martin, along with Jake Marisnick and Willie Calhoun, to minor league deals.
The Angels released a list of non-roster invitees to major league Spring Training today. It included several players with previously-reported minor league deals as well as outfielder Jason Martin and right-hander Carson Fulmer.
Martin, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports, played for the NC Dinos in the KBO in 2023 and impressed with his performance. In 118 games, he hit 17 home runs, stole 15 bases, and had a slash line of .283/.360/.455. He also showed good plate discipline, walking in 11.3% of his plate appearances while striking out 21.3% of the time.
Martin is repped by Roc Nation Sports and Fulmer by Icon Sports Management. Martin, 28, spent the 2023 season in Korea, playing for the KBO's NC Dinos. In 118 games, he hit 17 home runs and slashed .283/.360/.455 for a 125 wRC+.
With outfielders like Mike Trout, Aaron Hicks, and Taylor Ward dealing with injuries in recent seasons, the Angels are looking to add depth to their outfield mix. Mickey Moniak had a solid season in 2023 but struggled with strikeouts, and Jordyn Adams also has strikeout concerns. The additions of Marisnick, Calhoun, and Martin provide the Angels with options and competition for roster spots.
The Angels currently have an outfield mix that will likely see , Aaron Hicks and Taylor Ward in regular roles. But each of those three have battled injuries in recent seasons, with Trout last reaching 120 games in a season back in 2019. Hicks has never topped 137 and Ward has never topped 135.