The Philadelphia Phillies are transferring infielder Michael Martinez to the 60-day DL, as Martinez has progressed slowly after breaking his foot when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch in spring training.
Martinez spent all of 2011 season with the big league club, posting an anemic .196/.258/.282 statline with three home runs, 24 RBIs, and three stolen bases. He is flashy with the glove, as he can play multiple infield and outfield positions. Martinez spent most of his time in 2011 playing third base, although he also filled in at second base, shortstop, center field, and left field.
Martinez was initially picked in the Rule 5 draft from the Washington Nationals. Despite his offensive struggles last season, Martinez wasn’t sent down because Charlie Manuel didn’t want to risk losing him to another team if he didn’t clear waivers.
Martinez batted .325/.353/.452 with three home runs, 19 RBIs, and eight stolen bases in 135 plate appearances in 2010 for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He batted .263/.315/368 with 20 home runs, 208 RBIs, and 82 stolen bases in 2,186 plate appearances.
Martinez is already 29 years old and he offers very little to the team as an offensive player but his versatility in the field and speed make him a semi-useful player to the Phillies. Personally, I think the Phillies are better off with almost any of the dime a dozen utility infielders that have been in the system – Pete Orr, Mike Fontenot, Freddy Galvis, or even good old Wilson Valdez.