Red Sox Acquire Infielder Michael Martinez From Indians For Cash Considerations

by NESN Staff

July 8, 2016

The Boston Red Sox just got a little more help on their bench.

The Red Sox acquired infielder Michael Martinez from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations and designated infielder Sean Coyle for assignment, the team announced Friday. The Indians had designated Martinez for assignment Saturday.

The 33-year-old adds some versatility on Boston’s bench, something the team has lacked this season due to injuries. Martinez can play second base, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions to give the Red Sox some defensive breathing room while Travis Shaw recovers from a foot injury and Chris Young and Blake Swihart remain on the disabled list.

Martinez is a career .199 hitter in the few plate appearances he’s seen in the majors, but he was serviceable as a utility man for the Indians this season. Martinez batted .283 (17-for-60) during appearances in 32 games for Cleveland.

Thumbnail photo via David Richard/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via May 15, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Michael Martinez (1) is congratulated by first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. (15) after a base hit in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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