Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 days ago

Martinez went hitless for the second straight game in Tuesday's dual with the White Sox. He struck out twice.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Martinez is now 0-for-8 in his last two games after going 5-for-12 in the six games prior. The 33-year-old utility man has never really experienced sustained success at the major league level as he holds a career .190 average but he's 5-for-20 (.250) so far in 2016. With Michael Brantley expected to return in early June, Martinez will likely head back to Triple-A Columbus, but until then, he has an opportunity to prove he should stick around.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 weeks ago

Martinez was called up from Triple-A on Saturday, WTAM 1100's Nick Camino reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 33-year-old journeyman was hitting .288/.351/.442 with two home runs and two steals in 27 games at Triple-A, but his .187/.235/.256 career line in 204 MLB games speaks to his big league potential. The move corresponded with Michael Brantley (shoulder) being placed on the 15-day DL, and Jose Ramirez should be expected to see the bulk of the starts in left field while Brantley is out.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 1 month ago

Martinez went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts in Triple-A Columbus' 6-1 loss to Louisville on Wednesday. He's now batting .385 over 13 at-bats this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Martinez was given ample opportunity to prove himself this spring with 47 at-bats but he only connected on ten hits for a .213 average. The 33-year-old has been called up five separate times in the past five years by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland and has thoroughly unimpressed, posting a .187 BA over 433 at-bats. However, given his ability to play both infield and outfield as well as his experience in the majors, he could be a likely candidate to receive a call up this year if the Indians have a roster spot to fill.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 7 months ago

Martinez was outrighted off the 40-man roster and will become a free agent after declining his minor league assignment, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Martinez appeared in 16 games with the Indians near the end of the season, recording a .267/.290/.333 slash line to go along with two extra-base hits in 32 at-bats with Cleveland. He could receive a spring training invite from another team during the offseason, but he's unlikely to provide much fantasy production in 2016.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 1 year ago

The Indians announced Thursday that Martinez will not open the season on the active roster.

Martinez's versatility kept him in contention for a roster spot up to this point, but the Indians ultimately decided to stick with Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn as their utility players. Martinez's next step is uncertain, but his season will open with Triple-A Columbus if he sticks with the Indians.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 1 year ago

Martinez signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.Martinez has split time between the minors and majors in each of the past three seasons, but his lack of production at the plate has prevented him from sustaining a spot on a major league roster. He will join the Indians on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, giving him another shot at a spot in the bigs. His greatest asset is his ability to play multiple positions defensively, but he will need to turn things around at the plate if he wants any hope of breaking camp in the majors.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 years ago

Martinez was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday.

Martinez's greatest attribute is the ability to play multiple positions, but that skill became less of a necessity with the Pirates' September call-ups reinforcing the depth at all the deficient areas. The 31-year-old Martinez offers little aptitude will the bat, likely resulting in him having to settle for a minor-league contract in the offseason.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 years ago

Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

With Andrew McCutchen (ribs) returning from the DL Tuesday, Martinez will head back to Triple-A, where he owns a .252/.302/.322 slash line in 270 at-bats this season. The 31-year-old has appeared in 26 games for Pittsburgh, going just 5-for-39 at the plate with 13 strikeouts.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 years ago

Pirates recalled INF/OF Michael Martinez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Martinez is replacing Clint Barmes (groin) on the roster. The utility player was hitless in three at-bats during his brief time with the big club earlier this season.

Michael Martinez 3B CLE 2 years ago

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

Martinez was hitless in three at-bats during his brief time with the big club. He's clearing room on the roster for the addition of Sunday starter Vance Worley.