The Texas Rangers have designated 27-year old righty swinging catcher Luis Martinez for assignment. Martinez played in 10 games for the Rangers last year and he was 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .269 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 65 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 58 of 215 (.270 avg, .736 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 22 RBIs. Martinez has now played in 32 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 14 for 77 (.182 avg, .536 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rangers probably hope that Martinez clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA.
UPDATE: (1/5/2012) – The Rangers have lost Luis Martinez on waivers to the Orioles.