Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hired by Columbia University

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Ruben Amaro Jr.’s first job after being fired as Phillies general manager is to join the Red Sox as first base coach, which is unusual to say the least.

So what is Ben Cherington’s first job after being fired as Red Sox general manager? He’s going to work for the Columbia University sports management program as an “executive in residence.”

According to the press release, Cherington “will be instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports this spring, in the Master of Science in Sports Management degree program.”

Vince Gennaro, the director of the Columbia University sports management program, is also the current Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) president who has done lots of excellent statistical research related to revenue, payrolls, player valuation, and front office work.

I first met Gennaro years ago at a SABR convention and also once randomly sat next to Cherington–then an assistant in the Red Sox front office–at a SABR convention presentation, so the pairing makes sense given that Cherington has said he’d like to take some time off from the MLB grind before potentially taking on another front office job.

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.