Revs sign pitcher, third baseman
The York Revolution announced the first player signings of 2013 today. The club announced it has inked starting pitcher Chris Cody and third baseman Andy Marte for the 2013 season.
Cody, who turned 29 earlier this month, will return to York for the third straight year while Marte, 29, will make his Atlantic League debut with the Revs.
Marte will come to York with 301 major league games under his belt, mostly with the Cleveland Indians. Signed by the Atlanta Braves as an undrafted free agent in 2000, Marte was once considered a big time prospect. His .275 batting average, 20 homers and 74 RBIs in 109 games at Class AAA Richmond in 2005 earned him a call-up that season to the Braves’ big league club, where he played in 24 games.
That off-season, the Braves re-signed third baseman Chipper Jones to a three-year contract but lost short stop Rafael Furcal in free agency to the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a result, Atlanta traded Marte to the Boston Red Sox for short stop Edgar Renteria. A month later, the Red Sox traded Marte to the Indians as part of a seven-player deal.
Marte, a Dominican Republic native, saw significant action with Cleveland from 2006 to 2010 but never batted above .229 at the plate. For his career, Marte holds a .219 big league batting average with 20 homers and 96 RBIs.
The right-handed batter spent 2011 with the Pittsburgh Pirates Class AAA Indianapolis club, batting .202 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 97 games. He spent last season playing in the Dominican Summer League.
“We kicked his name around a little bit last year but being that we had (Ramon) Castro and (Chris) Nowak there was really no need for a corner infielder,” Revs baseball operations manager Andrew Ball said.
Cody: Cody has a 19-19 record and 4.38 ERA in 46 combined starts the last two seasons with York. In 2011, the left-hander started the season with the Revs by going 9-5 with a 4.39 ERA before being picked up by the Braves and assigned to Class AA Mississippi, where he went 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts.
A former eighth-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2006, Cody later reached Class AAA Nashville (Milwaukee Brewers) in 2009.
Venezuela: Revs’ play-by-play man Darrell Henry posted info on the the York Revolution flavor in the Venezuela Winter League Championship Series, which features slugger Chris Nowak going head-to-head with infielder Joe Thurston.
Riversharks signing: That’s right. You read that correctly. The club that normally decides to wait until the last minute to announce any player signings has apparently inked a position player already. According to the league’s transaction page, Camden has signed catcher Raul Padron. The Venezuela native batted .270 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 83 games with the Riversharks in 2012, his third season with Camden.
Revs choose Boy Scouts: The Revs announced Thursday that the Boys Scouts of America-New Birth of Freedom Council has named as the team’s 2013 presenting sponsor. Click here for all the details on the deal.