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Tribe trades Michael Martinez to Tampa Bay for cash considerations

The Cleveland Indians made a minor trade with the Tampa Bay Rays as they swapped Michael Martinez for cash considerations on Thursday afternoon.

The Indians and Rays decided to converge once more, just one day after completing a three-game series at Progressive Field.

On this particular occasion, the two clubs finalized a trade rather than battle it out on the diamond.

Michael Martinez was dealt to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations on Thursday afternoon.

The 34-year-old super utility man played second base (18 innings), third base (12 innings), center field (8.2 innings), shortstop (two innings) and pitcher (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K) while slashing .364/.462/.455 (4-for-11) with one double, two walks and a .916 OPS in 2017.

Martinez was designated for assignment on May 14, forcing the Tribe to either trade, waive or outright him to the minor leagues within a 10-day period.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Martinez will be playing for his fifth big league team after logging time with Philadelphia (2011-13), Pittsburgh (2014), Boston (2016) and Cleveland (2015-17) since making his debut in 2011.

With Brad Miller (strained abdominal) placed on the 10-day disabled list, manager Kevin Cash figures to give Martinez a moderate amount of playing time over the next few weeks to aid a shorthanded infield unit.

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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