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Michael Martinez | Second Baseman | #2

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/16/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 180
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Indians signed INF/OF Michael Martinez to a minor league contract.
Manager Terry Francona just can't quit Michael Martinez. The 34-year-old will be in Triple-A Columbus as utility depth. Jun 25 - 12:10 PM

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Michael Martinez has elected free agency.

Martinez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Monday. Because he's been DFA'd twice this year, Martinez could choose between a minor league assignment or becoming a free agent. The 34-year-old is only a .194 career hitter in the big leagues but should find work elsewhere as a utility man.
Jun 22 - 6:33 PM

Rays designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Trevor Plouffe, who was acquired from the Athletics over the weekend. Martinez went 2-for-26 with 10 strikeouts during his month-long stay with Tampa Bay and is now a .194/.243/.261 career hitter over parts of seven seasons at the major league level. He turns 35 years old in September.
Jun 19 - 11:11 AM

Michael Martinez has not been designated for assignment by the Rays.

In fact Martinez has been added back to the 25-man roster. It was announced late Tuesday that the veteran utility had drawn a DFA, but the Rays suddenly want him again with Brad Miller (groin) hitting the disabled list Wednesday. Martinez, 34, is a brutal .195/.243/.262 career hitter at the major league level.
Jun 7 - 12:30 PM

Rays designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

Martinez had one hit and nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances with the Rays, who acquired him from the Indians on May 18 for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The veteran utilityman owns a .195/.243/.262 career batting line at the major league level.
Jun 6 - 11:06 PM

Rays acquired INF/OF Michael Martinez from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Martinez was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Sunday. The veteran utilityman is a .200/.246/.270 career hitter in 592 major league plate appearances.
May 18 - 3:36 PM

Indians designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

Martinez actually has four hits in 11 at-bats this season, but he's played poorly with the glove and that's the reason he was on the roster. He could clear waivers and go to Triple-A Columbus for depth.
May 14 - 10:15 AM

Indians purchased the contract of INF/OF Michael Martinez from Triple-A Columbus.

He did it by hitting .357 during Cactus League play. The 34-year-old was a jack of all trades last season, starting games at second base, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Despite hitting well in spring training, Martinez is just a .197 lifetime hitter in the big leagues.
Mar 30 - 5:21 PM

Indians re-signed INF/OF Michael Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martinez was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster in late November and he'll have to earn that spot back with a good showing in camp next spring. The veteran utilityman batted .238/.267/.307 this past year between Boston and Cleveland. He's forever trivia-relevant as the final batter in the Indians' World Series loss to the Cubs.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:58:00 PM

Indians sent INF/OF Michael Martinez outright to Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians initially scooped Martinez up off waivers from the Red Sox in early August. The 34-year-old received a decent little chunk of playing time after the Indians added him to their squad, hitting .242/.265/.316 with four doubles, a homer and four RBI across 95 at-bats. It should be noted that while Martinez has been outrighted off the 40-man roster, the Indians are interested in potentially re-signing him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Indians claimed INF/OF Michael Martinez off waivers from the Red Sox.

Martinez will return to Cleveland less than a month after the Indians traded him to the Red Sox for cash considerations. He collected one hit in six at-bats for Boston before he was waived to make room for top prospect Andrew Benintendi. The 32-year-old utility man has started at five different positions this year.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Red Sox designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

Top prospect Andrew Benintendi will take his spot on the 40-man roster on Tuesday. Martinez was acquired from the Indians last month and went 1-for-6 over four games. He's expendable now that Brock Holt is expected to move into a utility role.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 08:45:00 AM

Red Sox purchased the contract of INF/OF Michael Martinez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll function as a utility player for the Red Sox in the wake of the injury to Brock Holt. He provides nice depth with his ability to play multiple positions.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 01:38:00 PM

Red Sox acquired INF/OF Michael Martinez from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

Martinez was removed from the 40-man roster recently and now finds himself in another organization. The utility player will give the Red Sox depth at multiple positions.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Indians designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

Martinez had actually done a nice job for the Indians, slashing .283/.306/.383 with a homer and three RBI in 63 plate appearances. He became a casualty of the team needing extra bullpen arms after Friday's 19-inning thriller against the Blue Jays.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 10:40:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Austin Jackson
RF1Jay Bruce
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Mike Clevinger
6Danny Salazar
7Cody Anderson
8Ryan Merritt
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Joe Smith
4Bryan Shaw
5Zach McAllister
6Dan Otero
7Boone Logan
8Nick Goody
9Tyler Olson