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Michael Martinez | Third Baseman | #1

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/16/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 180
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / WAS
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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

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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

Michael Martinez hit his first MLB homer since 2012 as part of a 3-for-3 game against the Royals on Wednesday.

It was Martinez's sixth homer in 475 at-bats since he debuted with the Phillies in 2011. The big night raised his season OPS from .590 to .762 and could earn him some additional playing time at third base in the short term.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 11:53:00 PM

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

Martinez, re-signed in the offseason as a minor league free agent, is hitting .288/.351/.442 while playing a host of positions with the minor league club. He'll be a super-utility player for the Indians in Michael Brantley's absence.
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:39:00 AM

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

Martinez spent the 2015 season in the Indians' organization before opting for free agency. The 33-year-old batted .289/.344/.424 with Triple-A Columbus last season.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Michael Martinez has opted for free agency.

Martinez declined a minor league assignment after being outrighted off the Indians' 40-man roster. The 33-year-old was a September call-up after batting .289/.344/.424 with Triple-A Columbus this season. He figures to get a spring training invite somewhere.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:15:00 AM

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

Martinez has hit .289/.344/.424 for Columbus this season. He'll operate in a utility role the rest of the way.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 05:18:00 PM

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

Martinez batted just .128/.209/.154 in 44 plate appearances last season for the Pirates and he is a .181/.231/.251 career hitter at the major league level. The 32-year-old utilityman seems doubtful to find a spot on Cleveland's Opening Day roster.
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Pirates sent INF/OF Michael Martinez outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Martinez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He's 5-for-38 (.128) this year at the major league level.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Austin Jackson
RF1Abraham Almonte
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Nick Goody