Indians DFA outfielder Leonys Martin

Martin posted a .199 batting average in 65 games this season

James Rapien
June 22, 2019 - 1:18 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians have designated Leonys Martin for assignment. He posted a .199 batting average with nine home runs and 19 RBI this season. 

"We felt it was the right thing to do for our team," Indians President Chris Antonetti said. "Unfortunately, Leonys has just had a difficult time getting it going offensively and we feel that there are guys that are capable and have earned some more of those at-bats."

The Indians have been impressed with Oscar Mercado in center field, which made them comfortable moving on from a veteran like Martin. 

The 31-year-old posted a .125/.192/.333 slash line in the month of June. He hit three home runs, but wasn't consistent at the plate this season. 

The move was made just days after Martin's argument with Francisco Lindor during Thursday's loss to the Rangers. The Indians say that didn't play a role in their decision, but it was Martin's last game with Cleveland. 

Aaron Civale takes the open spot on the roster. The 24-year-old will make his first Major League start on Saturday against the Tigers. 

The Indians aren't finished making moves. This is just the beginning of what could be a busy week for the Tribe. 

"We need to get through today first," Antonetti said. "I expect we'll have other moves. We won't continue to have this many pitchers. As much as Tito (Terry Francona) relievers, at some point we need to re-balance the roster."