In this era of Major League Baseball, a failed seven-figure agreement with a player isn’t a huge blow.
But it’s not an insignificant bit of news either.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have designated Aledmys Diaz for assignment — a 24-year-old Cuban infielder who was signed out of Cuba last March for four years, $8 million. The move opened up a 40-man roster for Dan Johnson, who is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Diaz was batting just 235/.292/.344 with three home runs and 21 RBI through 67 games this season at Double-A Springfield. He’ll probably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed, but his future in baseball is not particularly bright.