Former Cleveland outfielder Martin signs with Lotte Marines

TOKYO (AP) — Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a one-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japans Pacific League.

Martín, who overcame a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer, was designated for assignment last month by the Indians. He was batting .199 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 65 games.

Cleveland acquired Martín from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline last season, but he played only six games before becoming ill and being hospitalized.

“Its an honor to be given this chance by the Marines,” Martin said in a statement issued by the team. “Ill do everything I can in order to be the best player and teammate that I can become.”

The 31-year-old Cuban player made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers in 2011 and also played for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago CubsRead More – Source

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