Luis Martinez Rumors
We'll track the day's outright assignments here...
- The Orioles announced that they outrighted catcher Luis Martinez to Triple-A after he cleared waivers. The Orioles designated Martinez for assignment three days ago after claiming him off of waivers from Texas last month. He hit .270/.350/.386 in 247 plate appearances at Triple-A this past season.
- The Marlins outrighted Bryan Petersen to Triple-A, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports (on Twitter). The Marlins designated Petersen for assignment this week to create roster space for Jon Rauch. Petersen appeared in 84 games for the Marlins last year, playing all three outfield positions. The 26-year-old posted a .195/.272/.257 batting line in 273 plate appearances.
Russ Canzler's offseason travels haven't ended just yet -- the Orioles announced that they claimed the first baseman/outfielder off of waivers from the Yankees. Baltimore designated catcher Luis Martinez for assignment in a corresponding move.
The Yankees designated Canzler for assignment four days ago to create roster space for Travis Hafner. Not surprisingly, he failed to clear waivers. This marks the fourth time this winter he has been claimed off of waivers: the Blue Jays claimed him on December 21st, the Indians claimed him on January 2nd, and the Yankees claimed him on January 4th.
Canzler appeared in 26 games for the Indians this past season. The 26-year-old posted a .269/.299/.398 batting line in 97 MLB plate appearances while playing first base and left field. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a .265/.328/.487 batting line with 22 home runs and 36 doubles in 539 plate appearances. Chris Cotillo first reported today's claim on Twitter.
The Orioles initially acquired Martinez from the Rangers with a January waiver claim. Martinez appeared in ten games with Texas this past season. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, where he hit .270/.350/.386 in 247 plate appearances. The 27-year-old also appeared in 22 games with the Padres in 2011, his first campaign in the Major Leagues.
It's been a quiet offseason for the Orioles, as MLBTR's Transaction Tracker shows. Executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette re-signed Nate McLouth, traded for Danny Valencia and Trayvon Robinson, and completed a number of waiver claims and minor league signings. Here's the latest from Baltimore...
- The Orioles have four catchers on their 40-man roster after claiming Luis Martinez, as Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun points out. Baltimore executives have been looking to improve organizational catching depth, and they now have Martinez, Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito behind Matt Wieters. Both Exposito and Martinez could begin the 2013 season in Triple-A, since they both have minor league options, Encina writes.
- Henry Urrutia, a Cuban defector who signed with the Orioles this past summer, remains in Haiti, Encina reports. He hasn’t been able to obtain a visa, so it’s not clear whether he’ll be able to participate in Spring Training.
- While some expect the Orioles to regress in 2013, it's possible they'll continue playing at the level that led them to the playoffs this past season in the view of Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com.
The Orioles announced that they claimed catcher Luis Martinez off of waivers from the Rangers. Baltimore's 40-man roster is full after claiming Martinez, who had been designated for assignment on December 26th.
Acquired by the Rangers from San Diego last offseason, Martinez appeared in ten games with Texas this past season. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, where he hit .270/.350/.386 in 247 plate appearances. The 27-year-old also appeared in 22 games with the Padres in 2011, his first campaign in the Major Leagues.
Martinez, 27, is a .182/.276/.260 career hitter in 87 big league plate appearances with the Padres and Rangers. Texas acquired the catcher from San Diego last offseason, and he hit .270/.350/.386 in 247 plate appearances for their Triple-A affiliate this summer.
Martinez, 26, has been added to Texas' 40-man roster. The right-handed hitter appeared in 22 games with the Friars in 2011, hitting .203/.309/.305 in 68 plate appearances.
Kelly, 24, was a 26th-round pick of the Pirates in 2006. He has a 4.50 career ERA over five minor league seasons.