Michael Taylor retires from baseball at age 29

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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the story …

White Sox outfielder and former top prospect Michael Taylor has retired from baseball, the team announced Tuesday.

Taylor, acquired by the White Sox from the Oakland A’s last summer, was rated as the No. 20 prospect in baseball in 2010 by Baseball Prospectus and 29th by Baseball America. Taylor, 29, made the decision late Monday, a team official said.

Taylor logged 3,765 plate appearances in the minor leagues but only 114 plate appearances in the majors. He was an impressive .290/.374/.465 hitter on the farm, but Taylor batted just .167/.254/.216 in parts of four big-league seasons with the Athletics and White Sox.

Marlins designate Derek Dietrich for assignment

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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.