Orioles claim catcher Luis Martinez on waivers

Orioles claim catcher Luis Martinez on waivers
January 4, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The Orioles filled their 40-man roster on Friday when they claimed catcher Luis Martinez on waivers from Texas.

The 27-year-old Martinez was the 12th round choice of San Diego in 2007, and reached the majors with the Padres in 2011 when he batted .203 with a home run and 10 RBIs in 22 games.

In Dec. 2011, Martinez was traded to the Rangers, and he appeared in 10 games. He had two hits in 18 at-bats.

Martinez joins Taylor Teagarden and Luis Exposito in the competition for Matt Wieters’ backup. There are now four catchers on the 40-man.
Two of them, Exposito and Martinez, are both from Miami. Exposito is two years younger than Martinez.

Teagarden, who was Wieters’ caddy during the second half of last season, has the advantage entering spring training. However, Teagarden has a history of injuries, and besides Exposito, the team had no other catcher with big league experience coming to spring training.

The other catchers invited to spring training, Jose Gil, Allan De San Miguel and Chris Robinson, have never played above Triple-A. De San Miguel and Robinson will both be absent for part of camp due to the World Baseball Classic.

Martinez has thrown out just 20 percent of runners attempting to steal against him (5-for-25) in the majors.