The Cleveland Indians have announced that utility infielder Michael Martinez has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations. The move comes just days after Martinez was designated for assignment by the club last Sunday following the crazy 19-inning game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Martinez is a 33-year-old journeyman who started his career with the Washington Nationals before moving to the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and finally the Indians last season. Most of his time in the Tribe organization has been spent in Triple-A, where he was a well-above-average hitter. That production never translated well to the majors, however -- he slashed .283/.306/.383 in 32 games with the Indians this season, playing a mix of infield and outfield roles as needed.
With Jose Ramirez emerging as a legitimate super utility player, there is just no room left for Martinez's below-average bat at the major-league level. No matter what happens, we will also have that one week where he looked really good for some reason, including this bullet of a throw back in late May.
So long, Martinez. May the top button on your shirt never be buttoned.