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Pirates Sign Michael Martinez

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old utility player Michael Martinez to a minor league deal and have invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster player according to Chris Cotillo. Martinez has played three years in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and has seen action at all three outfield spots, as well as second base, third base and shortstop.

He provides versatility of defense, but has never hit in the majors. In 364 at-bats over 162 games, he has a .187/.234/.261 slash line and has never batted above .196 in a season. Martinez also has just five homers and four stolen bases, so he looks like a depth option as this point, someone that can fill in anywhere off the bench.

 

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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