5) Royals Trade AAA outfielder/first baseman Jose Martinez
The KC Royals announced they had traded outfielder/first baseman Jose Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash.
The Royals had designated Jose Martinez for assignment in order to move utility man Whit Merrifield to the 40-man roster before calling him up last week. According to major-league rules, the Kansas City Royals would have to expose Martinez to waivers before they could assign him to a minor league team.
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Instead, the KC Royals dealt him to the Cardinals. The 28-year-old Martinez, who was playing in the independent Frontier league as recently as 2014, made a splash in 2015 by winning the Pacific Coast League batting title with the highest batting average in modern history by hitting .384 in Omaha last season. Martinez earned a shot to earn a job this spring, but the Royals picked Reymond Fuentes to open the season with Jarrod Dyson on the disabled list to being the year.
At this point, Martinez was caught in a numbers game.
Instead, Martinez goes to a St. Louis Cardinals organization that needs outfield depth. He probably has a better shot at getting into the bigs this season in St. Louis than he did in Kansas City.
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