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Red Sox demote Drew Pomeranz to bullpen

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The Red Sox have moved struggling starter Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen, NBC Sports Boston reports. Brian Johnson will take Pomeranz’s spot in the rotation and start next week in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

Pomeranz, 29, has a 6.31 ERA with a 44/32 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings this season. The lefty hasn’t been able to make it through five innings in six of his 11 starts. Pomeranz missed some time earlier this season, between June 1 and July 23, with a biceps injury.

Johnson, 27, has worked mostly out of the bullpen this year, but has made eight starts. The fellow lefty owns an aggregate 4.00 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 24 walks in 7 2 innings this season.

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.