Friday wasn’t an easy night for Royals closer Wade Davis. He had to clean up a mess left by Ryan Madson in the eighth inning, as Madson served up a game-tying two-run home run to Jose Bautista then walked Edwin Encarnacion before exiting. Davis got Chris Colabello to pop up, then struck out Troy Tulowitzki to escape the inning.
The rain began to fall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, sending the game into a rain delay lasting approximately 45 minutes. Manager Ned Yost sent his closer back out after the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Davis allowed a leadoff single to Russell Martin. Pinch-runner Dalton Pompey then stole second and third base ahead of a Kevin Pillar walk. Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, though Pillar stole second in the process. He fanned Ben Revere, then induced a game-ending ground out to third base from American League MVP Award candidate Josh Donaldson to send the Royals back to the World Series.
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.