The first Saker was not playing at the top of his abilities of late, and the club decided to nominate him for the assignment.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar is named for the assignment by the Miami Marlins.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) 26 August 2022
This action is performed when the team needs a roster spot: it effectively removes the player from the 40-man roster.
Now, the Marlins have seven days to trade the player or place him at an irrevocable lump sum discount.
If Aguilar approves the waiver, he may be sent straight to the Minor League or released.
Aguilar scored 35 home runs in 2018 and 93 for the Marlins last year.
Aguilar has struggled in 2022
However, this year his bat was not the same as before.
The mild slugger is scoring .236 runs with 37 runs, 15 home runs, 49 RBI and a poor .674 OPS.
This is far from his best form.
His .592 ops expired since the All-Star break, causing him to lose his spot on the roster.
Aguilar is set to hit the free agent market after the season, so the financial hit for the Marlins isn’t as much as one would think.
The Marlins, a rebuilt club, have apparently gone ahead and decided to give other players, the younger players, a chance to play time.
The most likely scenario is Aguilar clearing waivers and joining another team to play for the final month of the season.
Aguilar’s era with the Marlins was, overall, productive, especially at a time when offense was rare in Miami.
Those days are now over, and each party will proceed in different ways.