Originally written October 17, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Before reading, please note that today is not April 1. A week after deciding to become a free agent, the Phillies have re-signed infielder Michael Martinez to a minor-league contract according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Since being acquired by the Phillies as a Rule 5 draft pick before the 2011 season, Martinez has hit .187/.234/.261 in 396. Martinez has played all three outfield positions, as well as second, third, and short for the Phillies. FanGraphs indicates Martinez has cost the Phillies one and a half wins over the last three seasons while playing only slightly positive defense according to UZR. Analysis: Why, why, why? Martinez, at 31, is not getting any younger, and there are plenty of younger and, more importantly better, utility players.
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