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Cubs release utilityman Derek Dietrich

MLB Trade Rumors logo MLB Trade Rumors 8/9/2020 Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors
The Cubs have released utility man Derek Dietrich. © Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs have released utility man Derek Dietrich.

The Cubs announced that utilityman Derek Dietrich has been released so that he can explore a major league opportunity with another club. (MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian was among those to report the news.)

Dietrich signed a minor league deal with Chicago just prior to the July opener, and only three days after the Reds released him from another minors contract.  Dietrich didn’t receive a call-up to the Cubs’ active roster, and it’s fair to assume that he wasn’t in the team’s plans in the near future, which led to their granting his request for a release.  With Dietrich’s track record of multi-positional versatility and a career 107 OPS+, any number of teams could have their eye on him for regular big league duty.

Dietrich spent his first six seasons with the Marlins before playing with the Reds in a somewhat unusual 2019 season.  He hit a career-best 19 homers and posted a career-best .462 slugging percentage over 306 plate appearances, though he batted only .187.  Much of Dietrich’s 2019 production was built around an incredible 68-PA stretch in May, as Dietrich exploded to hit .293/.397/.931 and 12 home runs.

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