In the wake of Jurickson Profar undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, the Rangers have signed journeyman middle infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Johnson obviously can’t replace Profar and may not even make the Opening Day roster, but the 31-year-old gives Texas some added depth.
He played briefly for the Indians last season and has spent parts of five years in the majors for four different teams, hitting .215 with 12 homers, 46 steals, and a .586 OPS in 318 games.
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.