The Cubs announced that utilityman Derek Dietrich has been released so that Dietrich 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.