MLB Prospect Finds Out He’s Being Traded MID-GAME As He Leaves The Field Giving Hugs And Handshakes To Now Former Teammates

  • Nathan Martorella was at second base for San Antonio when he heard the news
  • The minor league player left the field on Friday evening under bizarre circumstances
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This is the brutal moment an MLB prospect found out he was being traded to the Miami Marlins while playing second base for the San Diego Padres minor league team.

During San Antonio’s Double-A game against Arkansas on Friday night, Nathan Martorella discovered he was no longer a Missions player after being included in the Padres’ trade with the Marlins for Luis Arraez.

Martorella, a San Antonio infielder, looked almost in disbelief as a Missions coach on the sideline told him to leave the game.

He then jogged off the field with fellow Missions player Jakob Marsee – who was also included in the swap – before the pair gave hugs and handshakes to his now former teammates.

This is the brutal moment an MLB prospect learned he was being traded while playing second base
A coach from San Antonio broke the news
Nathan Martorella immediately left the field

San Diego acquired two-time batting champion Arraez from Miami, along with nearly $7.9 million in the deal, while Martorella, Arraez and two other players went in the opposite direction.

Outfielder Dillon Head and right-hander Woo-Suk Go were also dealt to the Marlins for the second baseman, who won the 2022 AL batting title with Minnesota and the 2023 NL crown with the Marlins.

Miami will pay San Diego $7,898,602 of the $8,491,398 remaining for the final 149 days of Arraez’s $10.6 million salary. That left the cost to the Padres at $592,796 – exactly a proportionate share of the $740,000 minimum.

Arraez, who turned 27 last month, can become a free agent after the 2025 World Series.

Miami had said Friday evening that the deal was pending a review of medical information.

Arráez, a two-time All-Star, is batting .299 with eight doubles, one triple, five RBIs and 22 runs scored in 33 games this season. The 27-year-old has scored safely in 17 of his last 21 games after starting the season with a .234 average over his first 12 games.

Martorella gave hugs and handshakes to his now-former teammates after he found out
He and four other players were involved in the trade that brings Luis Arraez to San Diego

Arráez finished eighth in the NL MVP voting last year after posting career highs in average, hits (203), home runs (10) and RBIs (69). He also hit his first career cycle on April 11 last year in Philadelphia.

Since his Major League debut in 2019, Arráez leads Major League players with a .324 average.

He hit over .300 in four of his five previous Major League seasons and became the first player to win a batting title in both leagues in consecutive seasons.