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Marte Clears Waivers

February 25, 2009
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Infielder Andy Marte cleared waivers today, and has been outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. He will be back in major league camp on Thursday as a non-roster invitee.

The fact that all 29 other major league clubs passed on him by not claiming him pretty much nails it home that no one believes he has any value at the moment as a major league caliber player. Sure, if he were a street free agent lots of teams would be in line to probably sign him to a non-roster deal.....but no one wants him on their 40-man roster as a potential major league option. Not even on a trial basis in spring training for six weeks.

If that ain't damning, I don't know what is.

I'm having trouble figuring out how Marte fits in Columbus. Without question, Wes Hodges will be the regular 3B, and I guess Marte could split time at 3B, 1B and DH. Though, the Indians are also stacked at 1B with Jordan Brown, Michael Aubrey and Stephen Head. I think once the end of spring camp arrives, one of Aubrey/Marte are not in the organization anymore.

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