Pirates cut former top prospect Tony Sanchez

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In signing reliever Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million deal the Pirates needed to clear a 40-man roster spot and they did so by designating for assignment catcher Tony Sanchez.

Sanchez was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Boston College and his path to the majors was supposed to be a quick one, but instead he’s logged just 155 plate appearances as a big leaguer through age 27 and hasn’t shown much promise in the minors either.

Two years ago I wrote a HardballTalk post about how seemingly every season the Pirates acquire a starting catcher and every time that happens Sanchez tweets about hearing the news. It was all kind of sad. At this point he projects as no more than a backup-caliber player, but it’s probably best for him to get a fresh start in a new organization.

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.