Jeremy Bonderman was linked to several teams this offseason, but the right-hander remains unsigned after coming back from shoulder surgery to post a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings last season and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com “talked to a player who knows Bonderman” and believes “more than likely he’s going to sit this year out.”
Crasnick writes that Bonderman “apparently doesn’t have the energy for more rehabs or going to camp and having to fight for a spot,” which he’d almost certainly have to do on a minor-league contract.
Bonderman is still just 28 years old, but injuries have caused his raw stuff to deteriorate to the point that he averaged just 89 miles per hour with his fastball last season and he has a 5.19 ERA since a strong 2006 season as a 23-year-old.
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.