Released from a minor-league deal at the end of spring training, infielder Alexi Casilla has re-signed with the Rays on another minor-league contract and will be assigned to Triple-A.
Casilla was a regular for the Twins from 2007-2012, but never lived up their expectations for him and has struggled to find playing time in the majors since leaving Minnesota.
He’s a career .247 hitter with a .633 OPS, but Casilla has good speed and can play second base or shortstop. There’s a decent chance the 30-year-old will see some action with the Rays at some point.
By letting him go and then bringing him back the Rays avoided paying Casilla the $100,000 veteran retention bonus.
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.