Indians add depth with utility man M. Martinez

Indians add depth with utility man M. Martinez

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added more depth to their infield on Wednesday, signing versatile utility man Michael Martinez to a Minor League contract. The deal includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.

With the addition of Martinez, Cleveland has 21 non-roster invitees scheduled to be in camp with the big league team. The Tribe's pitchers and catchers are slated to report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 18, with the first workout to follow on Feb. 20. Indians position players are required to report by Feb. 22, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 24.

Last year, the 32-year-old Martinez spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .244 with 13 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs in 91 games. Martinez has played mostly shortstop in his Minor League career, but he has experience at second and third base, as well as all three outfield positions.

Martinez has appeared in 188 games at the Major League level in parts of four seasons (2011-14) with the Phillies and Pirates. While he has hit just .188 (.482 OPS) at the big league level, Martinez has offered above-average defense in the infield.

According to, Martinez has a 24.9 UZR/150 in 152 innings at shortstop, a 6.4 UZR/150 in 295 innings at third base and a 2.2 UZR/150 in 253 innings at second base in the Majors.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.