The Phillies' October roster cleaning continued Thursday when four more players — Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner and Mauricio Robles — were outrighted off the 40-man roster. It could signal the end for Martinez, one of the worst Phillies hitters in the modern era.
Martinez hit .175 with a .175 on-base percentage and .175 slugging percentage in 40 plate appearances last season. His .495 OPS in 396 career plate appearances is the lowest for any Phillies position player with as much experience since 1919. Martinez was a Rule 5 selection in 2010.
This is the third time Martinez, 31, has been sent outright to the minors, thus he is a free agent. It is not necessarily the end of his Phillies career; he was outrighted last winter but later re-signed a minor-league contract.
Both Orr and Miner were eligible for arbitration and destined to be non-tendered. This transaction expedited that process.
Robles was claimed off waivers from Seattle last winter. He had a 1.93 ERA in three games. Control was an issue for the 24-year-old lefthander at triple-A Lehigh Valley; he walked 31 in 38 innings.
Because all four players were outrighted, it means they cleared waivers. The Phillies' 40-man roster stands at 34 with two impending free agents and six players on the 60-day disabled list.
SPRING SCHEDULE. Phillies pitchers and catchers will report to Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 12. Their first workout is Feb. 13 with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 18. Their first Grapefruit League game, against Toronto, is Feb. 26. Individual spring tickets go on sale through the team starting Jan. 9.
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