From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season callup list with a strong showing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
The 29-year-old infielder-outfielder posted a decent .814 OPS across 195 plate appearances in the minor leagues this past year but a brutal .169/.245/.309 batting line over 151 plate appearances in the majors.
Nix was the 44th overall selection in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft. He began his career with the Rockies.
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.