MLB DailyDish's Chris Contillo reports that the Phillies have re-signed utility infielder Michael Martinez. Martinez had elected for free agency after spending the last three seasons split between the Phillies and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Martinez, 31, is a former Rule V pick that just seems to keep hanging around. Over the last three seasons, he is batting .184/.234/.261 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 364 at-bats - he only has 10 RBIs in his last two seasons in 155 at-bats.
He's not very good. He's not all that young. In the eyes of many Phillies fans, he also represents the decline of the franchise over the past two seasons. I don't understand the move nor do I understand the timing (he is the first free agent the Phillies have signed this offseason). It is hard to imagine the market for Martinez being very high so this probably could've waited. Either way - ugh.
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