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Michael Martinez is back

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The worst hitter of the last six years is back in an Indians uniform. Rejoice.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Why.

That’s all I want to know.

Why.

Between 2011 (when Michael Martinez debuted) and 2017, no single batter with more than 600 plate appearances has a lower wRC+ than Michael Martinez’s putrid 35. In that same span, among pitchers with at least 100 plate appearances, Zach Greinke and Madison Bumgarner both have higher wRC+’s. Players who spend all of their focus on not hitting can hit better than Michael Martinez. No other team holds onto his well below-average bat and poor defensive skills, but the Indians keep coming back to him.

Why.

He can’t play defense anymore than someone standing at a base is considered playing the position.

Why.

I’m sure he’s a great guy, but he is not a good baseball player. There is no way to defend having a player as bad as Martinez on a team supposedly gunning for a World Series title. Erik Gonzalez has been far from flawless, but he at least has a ceiling. Martinez’s ceiling is his floor.

Why.

The good news is that the signing is reportedly a minor-league deal, so maybe he’ll stay in Triple-A where he can tell young players what it’s like to be the last out in a World Series loss.

Why.