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Indians sign free agent Robertson, outright Martinez from 40-man roster

Approximately a week after the Cleveland Indians announced the re-signing of minor league backstop Guillermo Quiroz, the organization made another move to acquire free agent and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Daniel Robertson. Michael Martinez was outrighted in a corresponding move on Wednesday afternoon.

The list of 2017 spring training invitees added another member on Wednesday late afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians officially signed free agent and former Seattle Mariners outfielder Daniel Robertson to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp this spring.

In a corresponding transaction, the Tribe outrighted Michael Martinez from the 40-man roster to bring the current tally of players to 39.

Most recently, Robertson was a member of the Seattle Mariners Pipeline batting .287 (117-408) with 19 doubles, 7 triples, 6 home runs and 46 RBI in 114 contests with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

The 31-year-old had a brief stint with the big league club and slashed a .263 (5-for-19) batting average with a double and RBI in 9 games.

Robertson is similar to Martinez in that he played a multitude of positions in 2016: second base (38 games), left field (35 games), center field (29 games) and right field (16 games) with Tacoma.

The 33rd round pick out of Oregon State (2008 MLB Draft) originated in the Padres and Rangers organizations before electing for free agency on October 3rd this past campaign.

With Martinez likely out of the picture for the foreseeable future, Robertson will compete this spring for a potential utility role amid the 2016 American League Champions roster.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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