Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles were outrighted off the Phillies 40-man roster. Each, however, has cleared through waivers, meaning there is still an opportunity to stick the the organization.
The 31-year old Martinez is the most notable of the group. Mini Mart as he’s come to be known, has played well in the minor leagues but has been unable to translate that success to the major leagues. With a .300 average at Triple A, Martinez gets promoted and just stops hitting, evident by his .187 average in the majors.
Martinez represents some of the odder moves made by Ruben Amaro Jr. A light hitting player who can man many positions, but not play any of them all that well. And he never made up for it with his bat. Players like Martinez can’t be on the roster long in 2014 if the Phillies hope to break through to the postseason once again.