Michael Martinez signs with Pirates
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation has reported that Phillies utility infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez has signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.
Martinez was a Rule 5 draft pick made by the Phillies in 2011, taking him off the Nationals' roster. They seemed to like his versatility, as he could play nearly any position in the field and provided depth while inhabiting a single roster spot.
The 31-year-old finishes his Phillies career hitting .187/.234/.281; and for those counting at home, yes, that's an OPS under .500 over 162 games in three years. The consistently injured Phillies seemed to always need him around, despite his lack of offense and defense. Of his 62 hits, 10 were for extra bases, and three were home runs.
In two post season appearances as a pinch runner, he scored a run. Martinez failed to produce any positive WAR from 2011-13, totaling -0.8 and costing $900,500.