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Back in October, the Phillies took utility infielder Michael Martinez off of their 40-man roster, moving him over to the Triple-A roster. In his two seasons as a Phillie, he posted a .188/.241/.272 triple-slash line — completely abysmal. You may recall Michael Baumann ranting about “Minimart” on one of our podcasts, and he had good reason. Finally, it seems, the Phillies will use him for his intended purpose: organizational filler.
Martinez’s career adjusted OPS (OPS+) of 40 is historically bad. Such futility — an OPS+ of 40 or worse — has only been achieved 24 times dating back to 1901 among players who have accumulated at least 350 plate appearances. Martinez is one of six to have accomplished the feat in this millennium.
How Martinez managed to stay on the roster beyond 2011, when he was a Rule-5 selection and needed to be protected by remaining on the 25-man, boggles the mind. Let us pray that 2012 is the last we have seen of his futility.