The Indians announced a bit ago that they have signed Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league deal. They also designated Shaun Marcum for assignment and called up catcher Brett Hayes from Columbus.
Chacin was released by the Rockies late in spring training, after he struggled in four appearances in which he allowed seven runs on 16 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. He missed most of last year with a bum shoulder. In 2013 he posted a 3.47 ERA and a 126/61 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings, so it’s no gamble to see if he can be a useful starter.
After missing almost all of 2014 and spending what little he did pitch in 2014 in the minors, Marcum signed another minor league deal with Cleveland. He has made one appearance for the Indians thus far this year, allowing one run in five innings in mopup work on in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday.
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.