Rays acquire Michael Martinez and place Brad Miller on DL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired utility man Michael Martinez from the Cleveland Indians, according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times. They have also placed shortstop Brad Miller on the disabled list, per Topkin, and have placed pitcher Xavier Cedeno on the 60-day disabled list, also according to Topkin.

The Rays sent the Indians cash and a player to be named later for Martinez.

The 34-year-old Martinez played in 15 games for Cleveland this season, tallying four hits in 11 at bats. The Indians designated him for assignment this past week.

The Dominican broke into the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. He played three seasons in Philadelphia, and while he displayed plenty of defensive versatility, he never provided any sort of offensive pop.

Martinez’s best season with the Phillies was when he posted a slash line of .196/.258/.282 with three home runs and 24 RBI during his rookie campaign.

Since then, he has spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and the Indians.

Miller has played in 39 games this year, registering a slash line of .205/.350/.318. Despite his poor average and lack of power thus far, Miller actually leads the league in walks with 30.

The 27-year-old did, however, smash 30 home runs in 2016 and slashed .243/.304/.482 over 548 plate appearances.

Cedeno, a left-handed reliever, has thrown only 2.1 innings this season, allowing two runs and four hits. Last year, the 30-year-old pitched 41.1 innings out of Tampa Bay’s bullpen, going 3-4 with a 3.70 ERA.

The Rays are currently 21-22 and sit six games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East Division.

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