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Rays DFA Michael Martinez to make room for Trevor Plouffe


ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 21: Second baseman Michael Martinez #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays fields the ground out by Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees to end the top of the eighth inning of a game on May 21, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Martinez

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the Rays acquired infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Athletics on Saturday and will be sending a player to be named later or cash considerations back west. To make room for him on the roster, Tampa Bay just DFA’d utilityman Michael Martinez for assignment.

Plouffe is no one’s idea of a fearsome bat, but Martinez, 34, was a mere 2-for-26 with 10 strikeouts this year and he has a line of .194/.243/.261 over parts of seven seasons at the major league level. Plouffe, meanwhile, is hitting .214/.276/.357 with seven home runs and a .634 OPS through his first 58 games with the A’s.

Plouffe will likely serve as a bench bat and possibly take some turns at first base.

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