Michael Martínez

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Michael Martínez
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Martínez with the Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 2
Utility player
Born: (1982-09-16) September 16, 1982 (age 34)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2011, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through May 21, 2017)
Batting average .200
Hits 109
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 42

Michael Gabriel Martínez Tiburcio (born September 16, 1982) is a Dominican professional baseball utility player for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians.

Baseball career[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Martínez began in the Washington Nationals organization, commencing his professional career in 2006. That year, he played for the Vermont Lake Monsters, Savannah Sand Gnats and Potomac Nationals, hitting a combined .265 with 11 stolen bases in 82 games. In 2007, he played for the Hagerstown Suns and hit .250 with 13 stolen bases in 116 games. He played for the Potomac Nationals and Harrisburg Senators in 2009, posting a .259 batting average with 10 steals. In 2010, he played for the Senators and Syracuse Chiefs, hitting a combined .272 with 11 home runs and 23 stolen bases.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

He was selected by the Phillies from the Nationals in 2011 as a Rule 5 Draft pick. He made the Phillies' Opening Day roster as a reserve player. He made his major league debut on April 3 against the Houston Astros and recorded his first major league hit and RBI. He hit his first major league career home run on July 17 against the New York Mets. He spent the season acting as a utility infielder and outfielder, recording a .196 batting average with 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 89 games. Due to his remaining on the club's roster for the entire regular season, he remained in the organization thereafter per Rule 5 regulations.

Martínez opened the 2012 year on the Disabled List due to a broken foot suffered during Spring Training.[1] He joined the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, in early June. After playing only one game with Lehigh Valley, Martínez returned to the Phillies' 25-man roster following an injury to second baseman Freddy Galvis. On June 27, Martínez was optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Chase Utley. Martínez was called up again when Mike Fontenot was designated for assignment.

Martínez began 2013 at Triple-A, but his contract was purchased on May 24 because Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day DL. He was designated for assignment on June 22, and outrighted off the roster on October 3. He elected free agency on October 8. In 29 games for the Phillies in 2013, he hit .175 with 3 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On December 18, 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Martínez to a minor league deal. His contract was selected from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on June 12, and he was optioned back to Indianapolis on August 19.[2] He was designated for assignment on September 2, 2014, when the contract of Chase d'Arnaud was selected and was added to the 40-man roster. Martínez elected free agency in October 2014.[3]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Martínez signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on February 11, 2015. On April 9, 2015 he was assigned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The Indians purchased his contract from Columbus on September 4, 2015 and added him to the major-league roster.[4] On July 2, 2016, Martínez was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Shawn Morimando after a 19-inning game the day before that exhausted the entire bullpen.[5] He hit .283 in 60 at-bats for the Indians.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On July 8, 2016, Martínez was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash.

Second stint with the Indians[edit]

After being designated for assignment by the Red Sox on August 2, 2016, Martínez was claimed by the Indians off waivers on August 4. Martínez hit into the final out in the Indians' Game 7 loss in the 2016 World Series to the Chicago Cubs. On November 23, 2016, he was outrighted to Triple-A.[6] He signed a new minor league contract with the Indians organization on December 1.[7]

The Indians purchased Martínez's contract on April 2, 2017, adding him to their 2017 opening day roster.[8] Martínez was designated for assignment on May 14, 2017.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On May 18, 2017, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that they had completed a trade for Martínez in exchange for cash considerations. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Martínez went to San Lorenzo High School and did not attend college. He was never drafted and originally wore number 19 when debuting with the Phillies in 2011.


  1. ^ "Michael Martinez suffers broken foot". Phillyburbs.com. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Twitter / Pirates: #Pirates Roster Move: @TheCUTCH22 has been reinstated from the 15-Day DL and Michael Martinez has been optioned to Indy.
  3. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Indians add Martinez & Soto from AAA Columbus". Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Indians recall Morimando from Double-A Akron, starting McAllister on Saturday". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (November 23, 2016). "Indians Outright Michael Martinez, Sign Daniel Robertson To Minors Deal". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ Adams, Steve (December 1, 2016). "Indians Sign Michael Martinez, Erik Kratz To Minors Deals". mlbtradeumors.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Indians set Opening Day roster". Indians.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rays Acquire Martinez". Twitter.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 

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