Ozzie Guillen qualifies it by saying that shutting Jake Peavy down for the year will only happen if “I don’t think deep inside my heart and my guts that we have a chance,” but Ozzie has never been some naive optimist, and you have to figure he knows that this White Sox team doesn’t have a chance.
It’s tempting to call the White Sox’ moves to date busts already, but before you do that, you have to remember that neither Peavy nor Alex Rios were mere stretch run plays. They’re both under White Sox control for several years, and both could certainly be part of a contending Chicago team, maybe as early as next year.
I’m not going to give Kenny Williams a gold star for his recent moves — they speak to a certain schizophrenia and a failure to get a true read on where this club really is — but the book is certainly not closed yet, nor should it be.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.