One World Series Champ Released & 13 Players DFA'd On Opening Day

As the major league season kicked off today on several fronts around baseball, final 26-man rosters took to the field, and 40-man rosters were set. But there were some hopefuls who did not make the cut.  

Most notably, fan favorite and 3-time World Series champ Pablo Sandoval was released from his minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants. That ended Sandoval's attempt at a third stent with the club. He finished the spring with two RBIs and a .250 average in 28 at-bats.

There were 13 players who were designated for assignment as well across MLB on this day. The most notable names include veteran 31-year-old catcher Eric Haase, who was let go by the Milwaukee Brewers and former top outfield prospect Taylor Trammel, sent packing by the Seattle Mariners. 

Trammel was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. Now 26, he was a constant among baseball’s top 100 prospects for three straight years from 2018-2021. He's really only made his mark in Triple-A however, as in 351 plate appearances in the big leagues, he has a .168/.270/.368 slash line.

Here's the full list of those getting their DFA papers before the first pitches of the regular season were thrown:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Emmanuel Rivera, 3B
  • Baltimore Orioles: Ryan McKenna, OF, Tyler Nevin, INF
  • Chicago White Sox,  Sammy Peralta, LHP
  • Colorado Rockies: Warming Bernabel, 3B
  • Detroit Tigers: Miguel Diaz, RHP
  • Milwaukee Brewers:  Eric Haase, C
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: Canaan Smith-Njigba, OF, Ali Sánchez, C, Jackson Wolf, LHP
  • San Francisco Giants: Cooper Hummel, INF
  • Seattle Mariners, Taylor Trammell, OF
  • Toronto Blue Jays,  Yosver Zulueta, RHP
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