Mets minor league outfielder Jared King came up with a creative way to propose to his girlfriend Maggie before Saturday’s game between the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats took on the Rome Braves. Per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Maggie threw out the ceremonial first pitch, then Jared proposed to her. She said yes.
King, 22, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Kansas State University. In 101 plate appearances with the Sand Gnats, King has an .804 OPS.
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.