The #Reds today signed IF/OF Derek Dietrich to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Welcome back, Dietz! pic.twitter.com/SCpmqmO6kh
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) February 12, 2020
Dietrich played for the Reds last year. He hit 17 home runs in April and May and 2 otherwise. Dietrich hit his last long ball on July 13 and had none in his final 63 plate appearances. The Reds non-tendered him in January. Dietrich declined assignment to a Reds minor league club, became a free agent, shopped around and ended up back with the Reds.
The Reds signed Mike Moustakas to play 2B. With Eugenio Suarez undergoing shoulder surgery and questionable for being ready on Opening Day, the Reds may be looking for organizational depth. If he’s able to shake off the deep slump he suffered through the second half of last season, Dietrich could fill a similar role as Josh VanMeter.