Derek Johnson leaves Cubs to become Brewers pitching coach

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Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Brewers have hired Cubs minor-league pitching coordinator Derek Johnson as their new pitching coach, replacing Rick Kranitz who was fired three weeks ago.

Johnson has been the Cubs’ minor-league pitching coordinator since 2013 and before that spent more than a decade as the pitching coach for Vanderbilt University.

Milwaukee’s new front office regime decided to keep manager Craig Counsell, but fired most of his coaching staff. Johnson has a difficult task in front of him, as the Brewers ranked 11th and 10th among NL teams in runs allowed during the past two seasons.

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.