A’s claim Danny Valencia off waivers from Blue Jays

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Danny Valencia, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays over the weekend, has been claimed off waivers by the A’s.

Valencia is stretched as a regular, but he’s an outstanding part-time player if spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching. Dating back to 2013 he’s hit .337 with a .900 OPS off lefties while seeing time defensively at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin is a big believer in the value of platooning and Valencia is a useful right-handed bat if used that way. He crushes lefties.

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.