Luis Martinez C OAK 9 Months

Angels signed C Luis Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martinez, who turns 29 in April, batted .257/.319/.346 over 62 games this past season between the Orioles' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. He will likely function as minor league depth in 2014.

Luis Martinez C OAK Mar 05 '13

Luis Martinez (oblique) was scheduled to hit Tuesday.

Martinez strained his left oblique two weeks ago while swinging a bat and has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut. The 27-year-old is expected to open the season in Triple-A.

Luis Martinez C OAK Feb 19 '13

Luis Martinez strained his left oblique while swinging a bat Tuesday.

Martinez left the field as a precaution and still hopes to be available for Wednesday's intrasquad game. The 27-year-old backstop projects to open the season with Triple-A Norfolk.

Luis Martinez C OAK Feb 08 '13

Orioles sent C Luis Martinez outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Martinez was designated for assignment earlier this week but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. A 27-year-old catcher, he batted .270/.350/.386 last season at the Triple-A level.

Luis Martinez C OAK Feb 05 '13

Orioles designated C Luiz Martinez for assignment.

The O's claimed Martinez off waivers from the Rangers in early January. A 27-year-old catcher, he batted just .270/.350/.386 last season at the Triple-A level.

Luis Martinez C OAK Jan 04 '13

Orioles claimed C Luis Martinez off waivers from the Rangers.

Martinez had been designated for assignment last month. The 27-year-old backstop appeared in 10 games with the Rangers in 2012 but spent the majority of the year at Triple-A Round Rock.

Luis Martinez C OAK Dec 26 '12

Rangers designated C Luis Martinez for assignment.

Martinez was cleared to make room for the newly-signed A.J. Pierzynski on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old backstop appeared in 10 games with the Rangers this past season, but spent the majority of the year at Triple-A Round Rock.

Luis Martinez C OAK Aug 11 '12

Rangers recalled C Luis Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

The 27-year-old backstop appeared in one game with the Rangers earlier this season as a defensive replacement and did not get an at-bat. He'll serve as the club's backup catcher behind Geovany Soto while Mike Napoli recovers from a strained quad.

Luis Martinez C OAK Jul 14 '12

Rangers recalled C Luis Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

Martinez is on his way to Seattle, and likely will arrive just after the first pitch on Saturday. While the corresponding move won't be Napoli going to the DL, this does mean that he's unlikely to play behind the plate anytime soon. In 50 games for Triple-A Round Rock, Martinez was hitting .262 with two homers and 17 RBI. He'll provide catching depth in the wake of Napoli's injury.

Luis Martinez C OAK Dec 21 '11

Rangers acquired C Luis Martinez from the Padres for RHP Ryan Kelly.

Martinez was designated for assignment over the weekend in order to make room for the new acquisitions in the Mat Latos deal. The 26-year-old backstop batted .203/.309/.305 with one home run and 10 RBI over 68 plate appearances with the Padres this past season. The Rangers are pretty set in the catching department on the major-league level, but Martinez provides some useful depth.