While a roster spot opened up for an infielder with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs when Carlos Alonso went down with a fractured jaw, the hole was filled with an outfielder acquired from Baltimore. The Phillies will send a player to be named later or cash to the Orioles for Alfredo Marte, who has played in the majors with both Arizona and the Los Angeles Angels over the past three seasons.
The 27-year old is a career 2-13-.181/.249/.284 in the majors, having played in 71 games. His career high in games came in 2014 when he played in 44 games with the Diamondbacks and hit .170 with two home runs and nine RBI. Arizona initially signed Marte as an amateur free agent in 2005. The Angels claimed him off waivers in October of 2014. Marte signed a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training with the Orioles prior to the 2016 season and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk to start the season.
Lehigh Valley currently has five other outfielders - Cedric Hunter, Cameron Perkins, Darnell Sweeney, Will Venable and Nick Williams - on the roster, but the Phillies outfielders have been struggling offensively and the team wants flexibility to make moves, if needed. Sweeney was officially added to the IronPigs roster on Tuesday, but did not play in their 3-2 loss to Syracuse.