Indians sign Martinez, Jeroloman
December 19, 2012
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Martinez and catcher Brian Jeroloman to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.
Martinez, 29, spent 2012 in Triple-A Reno where he won 7 straight starts in May and June and made one relief appearance for the Arizona Diamondbacks in April. He spent 2011 in Triple-A Columbus in the Indians organization and was named playoff MVP after recording the win in the Triple-A Championship Game vs. Omaha. He has appeared in 19 Major League games over parts of three seasons since 2009 and owns a career Minor League record of 63-55 with a 3.92 ERA in 190 games (163GS).
Jeroloman, 27, was limited to 43 games in 2012 due to a right knee injury. He has spent his entire pro career to date in the Toronto organization, where he was a 6th round selection in the 2006 First-year Player Draft out of the University of Florida. The excellent defensive back-stop tossed out 44% (18 of 41) of the runners attempting to steal off him in 2012 and was named collegiate Defensive Player-of-the-Year by Louisville Slugger in 2006.
Martinez will fill a pitching depth need for the Indians at both the Major League and minor league level at Triple-A Columbus. Jeroloman provides a much needed additional catcher for spring training, and should be in line for a backup role at Columbus.
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deja Vu martinez back just like 2011 and another catcher who surely cant hit his weight. Again it seems like they are repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I like the choo deal think it is great that they went the full monte on mr swisher but his wife will make the decision i think and if he has chance to go to the dodgers or any california team that is where he will go. his wife's career is gonna have a life as an actess i suspect she will make the decision for him if the opportunity presents him with options