With the deadline for MLB teams to set up their 40-roster passing Tuesday night, some talented players ended up getting designated for assignment. There are six particular players that other teams should attempt to pick up while they're still available, as teams were unable to hang onto them after the deadline.
6. Tim Locastro
Outfielder Tim Locastro would've probably seen more playing time at the MLB level in 2018 if he were part of almost any other team. Unfortunately for him, the 2018 Dodgers were loaded with talented outfielders, preventing him from spending much time on the big-league club. The 26-year-old continued to thrive in the minors last season, posting a .279/.389/.409 slash line with 18 stolen bases in Triple-A.
5. Jordan Patterson
Like Locastro, outfielder Jordan Patterson was part of an organization stacked with outfielders at the MLB level. Patterson has displayed great power throughout his minor-league career, and has also been able to hit for a good average. In 2018 the 26-year-old posted a .271/.367/.525 slash line with 23 doubles and 26 homers in Triple-A.
4. Jose Miguel Fernandez
Jose Miguel Fernandez spent most of his 2018 season in Triple-A, but made a cameo in the majors as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. In 116 at-bats with the Angels, Fernandez hit .267. However, he hit .333 in Triple-A. While he didn't make his MLB debut until the 2018 season at the age of 30, Fernandez came to the United States from Cuba in 2017 and has hit well in the minors.
3. Erik Goeddel
Erik Goeddel was healthy and effective for most of the 2018 season. After struggling to stay healthy and pitch through injuries at the major league level in 2016 and 2017, Goeddel looked as dominant as he was back in 2015.
He posted a 2.95 ERA in 2018 between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers. However, his season was cut short when elbow issues put him on the disabled list in August and he was unable to return for the rest of the season.
2. Derek Dietrich
With the Miami Marlins looking to get younger as they rebuild, they decided to designate the longest-tenured Marlin, Derek Dietrich, for assignment. Dietrich would make for a solid utility player for whatever team that decides to pick him up. He's a decent hitter that could play in the infield or outfield and also present a pinch-hitting threat late in a game.
1. C.J. Cron
First baseman C.J. Cron had a breakout 2018 season, smashing 30 homers and driving in 74 runs. A team in need of a power-hitting first baseman would be crazy not to pounce on Cron, whose designation for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays came as a huge surprise.