Matt Downs
Matt Downs
36-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  AAA
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$Signed a minor league deal with the Marlins in January of 2013.
1BMiami Marlins  AAA
March 26, 2013
Downs has been reassigned to minor league camp, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Downs has hit a dismal slash line of .146/.182/.317 in 41 spring at-bats, so it comes as no surprise that he has been sent down.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Matt Downs
Spring Training Job Battles: Spring Conclusions
March 29, 2013
How will the Dodgers replace Hanley Ramirez? Brian Pelowski looks around the league as the spring job battles wrap up on the brink of Opening Day.
Spring Training Job Battles: Early March Update
March 8, 2013
Brian Pelowski takes a look around the league at job battles for all 30 teams -- including the fallout from Mark Teixeira's wrist injury.
Spring Training Job Battles: Setting the Table
February 16, 2013
As spring training begins, Brian Pelowski takes a look around the league to examine job battles for all 30 teams.
FAAB Factor - NL: Huge Slate of September Callups
September 2, 2012
Jan Levine reviews the slate of NL players getting the call and suggests a few others that might be on their way.
The Lineup Card: X Marks The Spot
September 1, 2012
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Downs was unable to build on a 2011 season that saw him hit .276/.347/.518. He was sluggish on the basepaths, unable to work counts at the plate and clumsy in the field. In short, he was exposed. There was a time when Downs was an intriguing option coming off the bench for the Astros, but the team now has better and younger options to trot out there. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency after going unclaimed on waivers. He will attempt to catch on somewhere else this spring.
Downs finally got a chance to play in the big leagues last year and blossomed. In 199 at-bats, Downs hit .276 with 41 RBI and an .864 OPS. While Downs' bat showed some pop, he's subpar (at best) defensively and unusually slow for an infielder. Downs made a couple of starts in the outfield last season, and could make even more there in 2012. The Astros figure to pencil the 28-year-old in as a super-sub, but he'll qualify at second base in many leagues.
Downs made the occasional start down the stretch last season while teammate Jeff Keppinger nursed a toe injury. While he didn't do much, it's reasonable to think Downs could win the utility infield job out of spring training, especially with the departure of Geoff Blum to Arizona. He'll need a strong spring where he shows a little more with his bat for that to become a reality, however.
Downs posted a solid .302/.346/.495 line in Triple-A last season but struggled mightily during his tenure in San Francisco. He offers modest power/speed potential, and if he ever gets a chance with the Giants, it will be as a utility man.
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1BMiami Marlins  AAA
March 8, 2013
Downs smacked a two-run double to help the Marlins beat the Yankees 6-1 on Friday.
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1BMiami Marlins  AAA
February 26, 2013
Downs knocked a solo home run during the Marlins' 7-5 victory over the Mets on Tuesday.
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1BMiami Marlins  AAA
January 19, 2013
Downs agreed to a minor league deal with the Marlins on Saturday.
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1BFree Agent  AAA
November 1, 2012
Downs was outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency after going unclaimed on waivers, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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1BHouston Astros  AAA
September 2, 2012
Downs will likely see some time in September playing the middle infield positions, according to the Astros' official site.
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