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Phillies Take Infielder In Rule 5 Draft

The Phillies lost Jayson Werth when he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

They struck back this morning.

“We figured with this Rule 5 Draft we would get back at the Nationals,” Ruben Amaro Jr. joked. “They got Werth. We’ll take (Michael) Martinez and call it even.”

The Phillies selected Martinez from Triple-A Syracuse, which is Washington’s affiliate. He is a 28-year-old infielder that can play multiple positions. Martinez must open the season on the 25-man roster and remain there the entire 2011 season or be offered back to the Nationals.

The Phillies lost no players in the draft.

“One thing we see in Martinez is the versatility,” Phillies director of professional scouting Mike Ondo said. “We like his versatility, his athleticism, his quickness. He’s a guy who has played shortstop and second base. We’ve seen him play center field.”