In the first move of the post-Andrew Friedman Era, the Rays announced this evening that they have signed reliever Michael Kohn to a one-year, major league contract.
Kohn began this season on the Angels’ Opening Day roster, but he ended up making just 25 appearances in the majors. While he had a 3.04 ERA and struck out 26 batters in 23 2/3 innings, he also issued 20 walks. The 28-year-old right-hander opted for free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier this month.
Kohn has never shown great control, but he misses bats with his mid-90s fastball and he showed some potential as a late-inning arm in 2013 after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He’s a decent flier for the Rays, whose coaching staff has a history of success stories.
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.