Two weeks ago the Reds demoted right-hander Jason Marquis from the rotation to the bullpen and now they’ve designated him for assignment.
Marquis allowed 37 runs, including 10 homers, in 47 innings this season and missed all of last year recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.
He hasn’t posted an ERA better than the league average since way back in 2009, yet has thrown 483 innings for five different teams while being paid $25 million during that time. At age 36 he’ll almost surely have to settle for a minor-league deal and a stint at Triple-A if he wants to keep playing.
Eric Young Jr. began this season as Atlanta’s starting center fielder, but he quickly lost that job to Cameron Maybin and now the Braves have designated him for assignment.
Young is a switch-hitter with elite speed and some defensive versatility, but he can’t actually hit. His career OPS is .645 OPS and during the past three seasons he’s batted .235 with three homers and a .622 OPS in 283 total games.
His skill set could land him another bench gig, but Young is 30 years old and has been a replacement-level player for a while now.
As expected the Orioles have activated Matt Wieters from the disabled list 13 months after the three-time All-Star catcher underwent Tommy John elbow surgery.
Caleb Joseph did a decent job filling in for Wieters this season, hitting .243 with four homers and a .707 OPS in 43 games as the Orioles’ primary catcher, and he figures to continue seeing more playing time than the average backup as the team eases Wieters back into the mix.
Prior to being shut down in May of last season Wieters hit .308 with five homers and an .839 OPS in 26 games, but his career marks include a more modest .257 batting average and .743 OPS at age 29. As an impending free agent there’s a lot of money riding on whether Wieters looks healthy and picks up where he left off at the plate.