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Phillies re-sign Michael Martinez to minor league deal

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The utility man will come back to Philadelphia on a minor league deal.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez to a minor league deal, a source has confirmed to MLB Daily Dish.

Martinez recently elected free agency after being outrighted off the team's 40-man roster, but will return to the Phillies' organization for next season.

Martinez, 31, hit .175 with 3 RBI in 29 games with the Phillies this season, his third in the major leagues. He has appeared in 162 career major league games with the team, posting a .187 average with 5 HR and 34 RBI. In 71 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2013, Martinez hit .300 with 3 HR and 28 RBI.

He will likely head back to Lehigh Valley to begin the 2014 season, and will provide valuable depth at every position for the Phillies throughout next season. The utility man has played every position except for first base, catcher and pitcher at the major league level.

In addition, the Phillies also outrighted outfielders Casper Wells and Roger Bernadina, right-handed pitcher J.C. Ramirez, and left-handers John Lannan and Cesar Jimenez off the 40-man roster. According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Lannan refused the assignment and elected to become a free agent.

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