Given the flurry of transactions around the deadline, a number of players have been designated for assignment. This is, of course, the natural consequence of such a dramatic amount of shuffling to the roster via trade. These players will be available to the 29 other teams via waiver claim. We’ll use this post to track some of the more recent DFAs around baseball.
- The Marlins have designated left-hander Adam Conley for assignment, MLBTR has learned. The 30-year-old hasn’t pitched this season after going on the injured list in the wake of Miami’s clubhouse COVID-19 outbreak. Conley was a prominent member of the pitching staff, recently as a pure reliever, from 2015-19. He struggled to a miserable 6.53 ERA/5.19 FIP last season, although he posted much more palatable 4.09/3.60 marks the year prior.
- In perhaps the most surprising DFA of the day, the Phillies designated catcher Deivy Grullón for assignment, per the team. Grullon had been the Phillies presumptive third catcher after J.T. Realmuto and backup Andrew Knapp. The 24-year-old has long appeared on Philly prospect boards, making his first big-league appearance last season, going 1 for 9 in limited action. Rafael Marchan and Logan O’Hoppe are the other catchers in the Phillies’ 60-man player pool.
- Philadelphia also DFA’ed right-hander Reggie McClain. The 27-year-old McClain had appeared in 5 games this season with a 5.06 ERA across 5 1/3 innings. These moves came as a consequence not of trades, necessarily, but because Jay Bruce and Ranger Suárez both were reinstated from the injured list.
- The White Sox designated infielder Ryan Goins for assignment after activating Yolmer Sanchez, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Goings, 32, is a veteran of the Blue Jays and Royals. He appeared in 14 games for the White Sox this season, often as a pinch-runner. At the plate, he was 0 for 9 with a walk and a strikeout. Sanchez rejoins the White Sox after being designated for assignment by the Giants. Sanchez spent 2014 to 2019 with the White Sox.
- The Cubs DFA’ed Ian Miller and Hernan Perez, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter links). Miller and Perez are making room for Andrew Chafin and Josh Osich, respectively, the pair of lefties acquired from the Diamondbacks and Red Sox. Miller, 28, is a speed specialist who appeared in just one game for the Cubs as a pinch-runner. Perez never cracked the rotation in Chicago after several years of regular reps with the Brewers. He appeared in just 3 games for the Cubs, going 1 for 6.
Grullon is for sure getting picked up
DFA Grullon means Phillies are pretty sure they have at least the framework of a deal for JT. Grullon needs some work behind the plate but I do think his bat has come along the last few years. Good coaching and u might be able to get something out of Grullon.
Or they just think Grullon is easily replaceable
Well they have no catching depth in the upper minors. The FA market is weak after JT and the farm system is weak so a trade might be hard. I hope they have a plan if they don’t keep JT. I’m pretty sure they will.
JT can’t wait to escape the organizational chaos in Philly. There are mountains of money waiting for him this winter in Queens and Arlington
Hilarious that you think there’s organizational chaos in Philly that’ll drive him to sign with the Mess like they’ve been running a real tight ship over there in Flushing.
A big broom — held by the incoming
owner — will sweep clean the dis function in the Mets front office.
To be honest though, it’s not like the Phillies have a surplus of any kind of talent in their system. Strange move to be sure.
Cub Fan in Georgia
No big loss with the DFA of Perez and Miller.
I want to know when Hernan Perez became a pitcher. He was an infielder with Detroit.
I thought the same thing when I read, “Perez never cracked the rotation in Chicago after several years of regular reps with the Brewers.”
Odd way to phase an offensive player.
Its wrong not odd
Idioms for Idiots
I was wondering when they were getting around to bringing up Yolmer. Here we go.
As for Standing pat at the deadline, I’m fine with that. Would I have liked Clevinger or Lynn in the rotation? Sure, but not at the price the Sox probably would’ve paid for either. I didn’t want the Sox to part with Vaughn or Dunning at all, and I was very hesitant on Madrigal or Kopech getting moved. Lopez and Collins wouldn’t have netted much. The rest of the core definitely not. So, I’m fine with standing pat.
Agree completely, and that’s a great place to be after the last 10 years or so. 😉
Don’t agree. We could’ve easily traded players lower on our top 30 prospect list to get SP help. Our bullpen has been good and the front end of the staff has been very good. The back end not so much and needed to be addressed. We aren’t in position to go for top tier arms right now but we were in a good position to look for solid back end help and we didn’t.
Dumpster Divin Theo
What’s the point of a minor deal for a #5/6 starter? That much better than what Reyno/Gio/Rodon will get ya down the stretch? They only really need 3 in the playoffs and pretty confident in what Dylan-Dane could deliver in a short series.
@willie——actually THIS year you need more than three in the playoffs—with the extra round and wanting to end at the same time the boatload of off days are going away……thankfully.
Baseball is the only sport that the postseason is played completely different than the regular season. Every time they travel, they get an off day. Multiple days off between series. That’s the reason teams can pitch guys out of the pen back to back to back games so easily.
It’s going to be much more interesting to watch this year when one or two hot pitchers can’t carry the team. Depth and use of almost all 26-28 will be a better indicator of the best team.
Veteran Keuchel and rookie Dunning who builds more strength as season goes inspire confidence. Unfortunately Giolito gets anxiety (i.e “too much adrenaline”) in any remote pressure start. We are up to 2x vs Cubs last year, Opening Day and tonight at Minnesota. That’s a problem.
Interesting. What language do you speak? I feel like there may be a thought concealed in there somewhere, but for the life of me I can’t figure it out.
I agree that they could have maybe gotten a guy like Brett Anderson, and would have like to see them acquire a Brett Anderson, but at the end of the day, all you would get with a low-tier prospect is Brett Anderson. So I’m fine with holding and seeing if Dunning and Cease can hold up.
Bummer back soon!
Dumpster Divin Theo
Ykup. Playing with house money this year. Dylan, Reyno and Dane at 3-5 is awwright. No more big game Shields deals.
Ya I agree, I was a little nervous thinking about having to part with any of our top 7-8 prospects really for middle of the rotation rental pitching. Would have been fine parting with a lower end prospect for some pitching. Just hoping the lack of a 4-5 starter for majority of the year doesn’t effect the pen too much down the stretch. Go Sox !
Yolmer scores winning run in first game back with Sox!!
I’d like to see the Red Sox put a claim on Grullon… it’s really kind of surprising that the Phillies DFA’d him given that he hit .283 with 21 HRs last year at AAA and is still only 24! And given that the Red Sox are close to the top of the waiver wire list… they should have a decent shot at getting him if they were so inclined. Plus seeing as this is a lost season for them… they could get him some ABs and see what he’s got. I know they have Vasquez there but seeing as they were open to dealing him, and they really don’t have ANY prospects ready behind him… it might be a convenient tryout period for him to see if maybe he can hit anywhere near like he has in the minors — because if he can… Obviously he’d be a valuable ML catcher.
I agree, Jeff. Go get him, Mr. Bloom.
The Phillies better hope neither JT or Knapp get hurt. The other two catchers in the player pool haven’t been above low A. This move doesn’t make a whole lot of sense depth wise
White Sox needed another arm and they pick up a retread in Yolmer. Ok fielder. Bat is still very suspect. Why why why do they continue to make same mistakes over and over. I know market wanted top
Dollar or trades for top pitching, but year over year its the same thing,
Dumpster Divin Theo
And they rightly decided Vaughan, Madrigal, Dunning, and Kopech were too much for a rental.
—-and with respect to Clevenger, maybe just maybe the Indians were gathering information on where the Sox stand with certain assets and how much they are willing to talk about guys. I’m sure a lot of information was gathered by both teams (and all teams) these past couple of days.
Baseball is a TEAM game and Yolmer is a TEAM player!
Scores winning run tonight!!
Yolmer had nothing to do with the trade deadline. Cost them nothing. A gold glove does not = an “Ok fielder”. He is depth. Predictable depth and a solid clubhouse gold glove mentor for Madrigal.
not happy seeing either Grullon or McClain let go, though Suarez coming back should be huge.
i dunno. think he’s a bit of a project but hardly garbage.
Superstar Car Wash
Grullon needs to take his conditioning seriously before he gets another shot. When you’re a catcher, having a “stocky” body can be an advantage, but he’s bordering on obese (and unhealthy).