Everyone’s favorite Cleveland Indian has returned to the organization once again.
The Indians and free agent utility man Michael Martinez have agreed to a minor league contract, first reported on Saturday and confirmed by the team on Monday. The deal is said to include a non-roster invitation to spring training in February.
The 35-year-old Martinez has spent parts of the last three seasons in an Indians uniform.
Guess who’s back, back again. Michael’s back, tell a friend.
The news came with little surprise or fanfare as the Cleveland Indians and Michael Martinez have reunited once again as the utility man was inked to a minor league contract on Sunday. The 34-year-old will report to Triple-A Columbus.
A left wrist injury has landed Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer on the 7-day disabled list as the club made several roster moves on Sunday morning.
The Indians also designated utility man Michael Martinez for assignment in the roster shakeup. Cleveland brought up a pair of utility men from the minors as it recalled Erik Gonzalez from Columbus and purchased the contract of the Clippers’ Daniel Robertson to fill Martinez’s vacated spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters.
Guyer aggravated a lingering wrist issue with a swing on Friday and underwent an MRI on Sunday morning. He will see specialist Dr. Thomas Graham to review the results.
Michael Martinez pitched the ninth inning for the Tribe Thursday night. If that doesn’t answer the question of Did The Tribe Win Last Night well enough for you, the Chicago White Sox took the rubber match over the Cleveland Indians, 10-4.
With just a matter of days until the Cleveland Indians open up their American League pennant defense, the final roster decisions have been made as the team announced on Thursday that prospect Yandy Diaz and veteran utility man Michael Martinez will be on the club’s Opening Day roster to start the 2017 season. It follows Wednesday’s news that outfielder Abraham Almonte will open the year with the Tribe with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall set to land on the 10-day disabled list while dealing with a sprained shoulder.
Over the last couple of years, the Cleveland Indians have done well in finding veteran free agents no one else wanted and watching them become diamonds in the rough, so to speak.
Dan Otero last year and Jeff Manship in 2015 were both free agent relievers the Tribe was able to bring to spring training on minor league contracts. Both had histories of past success but were trying to rejuvenate careers that had fallen off in the seasons before joining the Indians.
Both veteran relievers proved to be strong contributors to Cleveland’s bullpen. Manship spent two seasons with the Indians before being casualty of management deciding not to make him an arbitration offer this past winter. Part of the reason was the emergence last year of Otero, giving Cleveland a deep bullpen without Manship. Both hurlers were important parts of an Indians club that went to the 2016 World Series.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday the addition of two free agents on minor league contracts with invites to spring training in February.
Utility man Michael Martinez, who was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on November 23 after spending a chunk of the season and all of the playoffs on the Indians roster, will return to the organization for a third season. Catcher Erik Kratz also joined the club on the minor league tender.
The Cleveland Indians made a pair of minor moves on Wednesday as the club outrighted utility man Michael Martinez off of the 40-man roster to Triple-A Columbus and inked outfielder Dan Robertson to a minor league contract.
Martinez’s time in the Cleveland organization has not necessarily ended, as the team has expressed hopes in retaining his services after his outright. Martinez, however, could decline the assignment and test the free agent market. Robertson’s deal comes complete with an invitation to spring training with the Indians in Goodyear.
The removal of Martinez from the roster leaves the Indians’ 40-man roster at 39 players in advance of the Winter Meetings and Rule 5 draft in early December.
The Chicago Cubs have waited 71 years to host a World Series game. Their fans will have to wait at least one more day to get their first home win since Game 6 of the 1945 World Series as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Cubs, 1-0, in an instant playoff classic from Wrigley Field on Friday night.
For six innings, the score was deadlocked at zero as both starters, Josh Tomlin and Kyle Hendricks, kept the opposition off of the scoreboard while exiting before completing the fifth inning. Bullpens took over and continued to put goose eggs on the board until the seventh, when the Indians put together the rally that they needed. After grabbing a one-run lead, the bullpen tandem of Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen took over for Andrew Miller and walked a tight rope, but pulled out the victory.
The moment that fans of the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox have been waiting for has finally arrived – the American League Division Series begins Thursday night from Progressive Field.
It will be the fifth time in the 116-year histories of the two organizations that the teams have met in the postseason and the first since 2007, when the clubs had an intense seven-game American League Championship Series that culminated with a World Series sweep by the Red Sox over the Colorado Rockies. The two also stood in opposite dugouts on the postseason stage in 1998 and 1999. The Indians hold the edge in the postseason series, 11-8, sweeping the 1995 series and winning three of four in 1998 before the Red Sox won the 1999 matchup in five games and again in 2007.
Cleveland will look to benefit from the home field advantage it gained over Boston on the final day of the regular season. The Indians were 53-28 at Progressive Field this season and are 7-3 in the playoffs all-time at home when hosting the Red Sox.
It seems to be a theme in Cleveland sports that a former player for the city comes back and enacts his revenge after departing. On Saturday, Mike Clevinger got to do that exact same thing to the Los Angeles Angels, the team that drafted him in 2011 and dealt him to the Indians in 2014, as the rookie right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and earned his first win as he and four relievers combined on a one-hitter to defeat the Halos, 5-1.
It was a story that could not have been scripted much better for Clevinger, who has had a fairy tale season in 2016. He earned his first Major League win with his best start to date, limiting the Angels to one hit over five and two-thirds innings while enduring a strike zone that appeared to pinch him all night long.
His Tribe teammates supported him well, giving him an early three-run cushion to work with against a starter who had dominated the Indians in each of his first three career starts against them.
After the Yankees took three of four from the Indians when the two teams met in July, it only seemed fair that New York paid Cleveland back by delivering them an All-Star reliever in Andrew Miller by the end of the month.
Chances are that the Yankees (54-54) will be doing the Indians no more favors this season as they host the Indians in three games this weekend to wrap up the season series between the two teams. Things have not gone the way that they had hoped in the Big Apple, as the Yankees were sellers at the deadline, moving Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova, and Carlos Beltran to replenish the farm system a bit. The team has hovered around the .500 mark and has dropped six of its last eight, but is in fourth place in the American League East Division, seven and a half games in back of first place Baltimore and five and a half games out in the AL Wild Card race.
The Indians (61-45) have held off the hard charging Detroit Tigers, who were victors of eight straight games before falling in their series finale with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. The Indians wrapped up their homestand with a 5-4 record by salvaging the series against the Twins on Thursday with a 9-2 victory after being outscored 35-16 through the first three games. They bring a three-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central into the series and have a 30-25 record on the road, second to Toronto’s 30-23 mark for the best record away from home in the AL.