Monday, July 26, 2021

Reports: Washington Nationals add Depth by Signing Veteran Derek Dietrich.

The Washington Nationals have reportedly added some depth by signing veteran Derek Dietrich. According to Robert Murray (Twitter Link), an MLB insider Mike Rizzo has signed the 31-year old who played for the Rangers in 2020 and was released by the Yankees earlier this month. He bats Left-handed, and with some potential power and the ability to play multiple spots, the Nationals are adding much-needed depth due to a whole host of injuries.

(Related Article: Is now the time for Rizzo to finally pull the trigger on a trade for Bryant?)

Dietrich hit .197 with 5 HR and 8 RBIs in 25 games with the Rangers last year and was hitting .215 with 5 HR and 22 RBIs in 26 games with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.

Dietrich over his eight years in Major League Baseball has a batting average of .245 with 84 home runs, 318 RBI’s, seven stolen bases, and an OPS of .765

While primarily a second baseman, Dietrich has also played left field and third base during his career.

We all know that the Nationals depth has been challenged over the past few weeks, with notable injuries such as utility infielder Jordy Mercer landed on the injured list with a quad strain last week, and slugging outfielder Kyle Schwarber suffered an apparently significant hamstring injury. 

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