By Mike Elser
Among a handful of moves made by the Phillies yesterday, the team re-signed utilityman Michael Martinez to a minor league contract. Martinez, 31, was selected by the Phillies in the 2011 Rule V Draft and carries a career line of .187/.234/.261 in 395 plate appearances through three seasons. The move comes as a little bit of a surprise since Martinez was outrighted off of the roster on October 3 and elected free agency on October 8. The market must look pretty dim for soft-hitting, middle infielders in their 30′s who hit below the Mendoza Line.
In other news, the team also announced that they had outrighted left-handed starting pitcher John Lannan for release and outfielders Casper Wells and Roger Bernadina, left-handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez, and right-hander J.C. Ramirez to AAA Lehigh Valley. Lannan, who signed a one-year contract with the Phillies last off-season from the Nationals, threw just 74 1/3 for the team during the 2013 season, posting a 5.44 ERA before a knee injury ended is season in August. Wells and Bernadina were both brought in mid-season this year to fill-in for injured regulars. Ramirez, originally part of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to …read more