Teams have until Wednesday to claim Indians thirdbaseman
The Indians designated Marte for assignment on Thursday, when they acquired reliever Juan Salas from the Rays and weren’t able to find an immediate trading partner in a deal for him. On Monday morning, they placed Marte on waivers. Teams have until Wednesday to claim him.
This waiver process was exactly what the Indians were trying to avoid with Marte when they let him hang around on their active roster throughout the 2008 season. Their worry was that exposing him would lead to another club claiming him and him finally reaching his big league potential elsewhere. But all Marte did in ’08 was sit on the bench for much of the first half, then turn in a rather unremarkable second half. For the season, he hit .221 with three homers, 17 RBIs and a .583 OPS in 80 games.
The Pirates expressed interest in Marte a few seasons ago.