The Phillies have acquired outfielder Alfredo Marte from the Orioles, according to announcements from both clubs. A player to be named later or cash considerations will go back to Baltimore in the swap.
Marte, 27, had been playing at Triple-A in the Baltimore organization after signing as a minor league free agent, but had seen scant action in the early going. He has taken 170 plate appearances over parts of three MLB campaigns, compiling a meager .181/.249/.284 slash. But Marte owns a much more appealing .304/.372/.468 batting line in over 1,000 trips to the plate in his time at the highest level of the minors.
Philadelphia is obviously looking to add depth in an area of need. The club recently dropped Cedric Hunter to the minors after his rough start, bringing up veteran reserve David Lough. It has also received little thus far from Peter Bourjos, Emmanuel Burriss, and Rule 5 pick Tyler Goeddel, so there’s plenty of opportunity at the major league level.