Marte with the Cleveland Indians
KT Wiz – No. 28
|First baseman/Third baseman|
October 21, 1983 |
Villa Tapia, Dominican Republic
|June 7, 2005 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||99|
Andy Manuel Marte (born October 21, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball third baseman with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. He currently plays in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) for the KT Wiz.
Marte signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 2000, and succeeded at every level of the farm system. In 2005 Marte hit .275 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI in 109 games in Triple-A, but hit only .140 in 57 at bats with the Braves, and was blocked at third base by Chipper Jones, who had recently signed a contract extension.
Boston Red Sox
Later that off-season, on January 27, 2006, the Red Sox traded him to the Cleveland Indians along with relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, catcher Kelly Shoppach, Randy Newsom, and cash considerations for center fielder Coco Crisp, catcher Josh Bard, and relief pitcher David Riske.
Marte initially received little playing time with the Cleveland Indians, but after the Indians traded Casey Blake on July 26, 2008, he had the third base job to himself. Seemingly in response to his mediocre performance, the Indians traded for Mark DeRosa to play that position in 2009.
On February 19, 2009, Marte was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians to make room for newly acquired relief pitcher Juan Salas. Marte cleared waivers and was sent outright to the Indians AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers on February 25.
Marte had a strong performance for the Clippers. In 82 games, he batted .327 with 18 home runs. Following the trade of Ryan Garko on July 27, Marte was recalled to the Indians. On July 29, 2010, Marte made his first pitching appearance for the Cleveland Indians, pitching a perfect inning with one strikeout. Marte's strikeout victim, Nick Swisher, had found himself in a similar situation to Marte in 2009 when he himself pitched an inning in relief in a game against Tampa Bay Rays.
On November 4, 2010, Marte was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, removing him from the 40-man roster. Marte filed for free agency on November 6.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Marte signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 6, 2013.
He signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 13, 2013.
He was called up on July 31, 2014 and homered in his first at-bat with the team, a pinch-hit against Jeff Locke of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last time he appeared in an MLB game or homered was in the 2010 season. He was designated for assignment on August 7, 2014. Marte elected free agency in October 2014.
- El dominicano Andy Marte vuelve al primer equipo de los Indios 7 de Junio de 2010
- Pirates sign Fernando Neive, Andy Marte and Dusty Brown as minor league free agents MLB.com, December 1, 2010
- Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
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