Indians sign Michael Martinez to a minor league deal

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Death. Taxes. The Indians signing Michael Martinez to a minor league deal. They did it again over the weekend, giving the 35-year-old utilityman an invitation to spring training.

The Indians first signed him in 2015, sent him to the Red Sox in 2016 and then brought him back a month later on waivers. They traded him to the Rays earlier this year and then brought him back again after he was waived in late June. They just can’t quit one another, I suppose.

Overall Martinez has logged big league time with the Indians, Phillies, Rays, Pirates and Red Sox, putting up a line of .194/.243/.261 in 621 plate appearances. He’s been better in Cleveland, batting .257/.289/.331 in 145 plate appearances with the Tribe, so I suppose that’s why they’ve brought him back so many times. That and the fact that he has played every position except first base and catcher. Dude even pitched an inning this past season.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.