The Cleveland Indians have traded utility infielder Michael Martinez to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations, per multiple sources on Twitter. Zack Meisel had the first, and probably best, report of the news:
The Indians have traded Michael Martinez to the Rays for cash. Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) May 18, 2017
Martinez, who I’m sure is a great guy, is a less-than-great baseball player. Over his storied six-year career in the majors, he has slashed .200/.246/.270 for a wRC+ of 38. Since 2011, among players with at least 500 plate appearances, only Reid Brignac’s 29 wRC+ is lower. In that same span, four pitchers with at least 100 plate appearances have a higher wRC+: Henderson Alvarez (47 wRC+), Zack Greinke (53 wRC+), Madison Bumgarner (57 wRC+), and Noah Syndergaard (71 wRC+).
Last season, the Indians acquired Brandon Guyer from the Rays in exchange for Single-A shortstop Nathan Lukes. Guyer was an instrumental part of the Indians’ run to the World Series, giving them a much-needed edge over left-handed pitchers throughout the second half of the season and into the playoffs. We don’t yet know how much cash the Indians are getting in return for Martinez, but the trade already feels lopsided in favor of the Indians.
So long for now, Michael.