Martin was traded to the Cubs on Thursday for cash considerations or a player to be named later, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. He cleared waivers Friday after being designated for assignment by the Mariners, but the club managed to find a trade partner and send Martin to Chicago. Martin has struggled this season, hitting .174 at the major-league level, but he's still just 29 with tools that can be useful to the Cubs down the stretch. He figures to primarily serve as depth with the ability to play any of the three outfield spots.
Martin cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The outfielder was designated for assignment Wednesday to open a roster spot for the returning David Phelps. Martin, who hit .230 with three home runs and eight RBI in his latest Mariners stint, would need to be re-added to the team's 40-man roster if he's going to come back up when rosters expand in September.
Martin was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Martin was cast off the 40-man prior to Wednesday's game, while clearing up a spot for David Phelps (elbow) on the active roster in the process. During his time with the big-league club since the end of July, Martin was hitting .230/.266/.426 with three home runs and eight RBI. Although he was getting occasional starts in the outfield, the 29-year-old wasn't showing enough to warrant a spot moving forward, especially once Jarred Dyson (groin) returns from the DL within the next few days.
Martin went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs in Monday's 6-5 win over the Braves. Martin's season line (.175/.223/.289) continues to leave much to be desired, but that's partly due to the deep hole he dug for himself early in the season before a demotion to Triple-A Tacoma. He's hit safely in eight of his last 13 contests, a stretch in which he's also slugged a pair of homers. Martin is actually making contact at a better clip than he did a year ago, but a precipitous drop in BABIP (.313 to .207) has led to a deterioration of his overall numbers.
Martin went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. Martin's season average remains significantly below the Mendoza Line (.173), but he's shown improvement since returning from Triple-A Tacoma. The outfielder has a .446 slugging percentage and .214 ISO in the 57 plate appearances he's logged since his July 30 return, numbers partly comprised of four extra-base hits (one double, three homers) and a trio of multi-hit efforts.
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