Andy Marte signed by Diamondbacks
When a player’s contract is purchased from an Atlantic League team by a Major League organization, his new contract with that organization is only good through the World Series of the current season. At that point, the player becomes a free agent again. While it’s hard to believe the Angels wouldn’t want Andy Marte back after the season he had split between York and their Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake, either the Angels decided to move on or the Diamondbacks offered Marte what he felt was a better deal.
Marte, who has signed a minor league contract with Arizona, will head to Major League spring training on a non-roster invite in a couple months. At worst, an assignment to Triple-A Reno to start the season seems likely, with hopefully a call-up to the bigs at some point, to complete this story of redemption.
As most in baseball know, Marte was once a can’t miss prospect with the Braves and Indians…that sort of missed. He did play in 301 big league games between 2005 and 2010, but hit just .218 in such games with 20 home runs and 96 RBI. Last year in York began his reclamation though, when he batted .301 with 19 homers and 74 RBI in 96 games with the Revolution. The Angels then purchased his contract on August 4, and he did even better at Triple-A, hitting .362 with six homers and 18 RBI in 26 regular season games to end the season with Salt Lake.
Marte also played hero in the PCL playoffs, hitting everything and separating his shoulder diving into home to win a game. The injury ended his season and cost him a shot at a September call-up to Anaheim, but he bounced back to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic prior to his signing with Arizona.
It may be now or never for Marte, who just turned 30 in November.