Source: Derek Dietrich is surrounding a deal with the Washington Nationals.
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New York Yankees initially baseman Derek Dietrich (12) strolls off the field after batting practice throughout spring training at Ed Smith Stadium. Obligatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Nationals are closing in on a handle free representative outfielder Derek Dietrich.
After pulling out of his contract with the New York Yankees earlier today, Derek Dietrich, 31, has found a home with the Washington Nationals.
If the deal is a small league or significant league contract, it is unclear at this time.
What is clear is the Nationals have a requirement for a left-handed bat in the outfield after the hamstring injury to Kyle Schwarber.
Derek Dietrich offers the Nationals flexibility in the field, pop at the plate
Dietrich has versatility with the ability to play both corner infield and corner outfield areas and has played second base earlier in his career.
Dietrich played his very first 6 seasons with the Marlins after they drafted him out of Georgia Tech. He played in 25 video games with the Texas Rangers in 2020, striking.197 in 75 plate looks. In 2019, Dietrich struck a career-high 19 crowning achievement for the Cincinnati Reds in his only season with the club.
The Nationals are 42-44 entering Friday and sit 4.5 video games back of the NL East-leading New York Mets.
Dietrich is a profession.245 player with 84 home runs across eight MLB seasons with the Marlins, Reds and Rangers.
Dietrich played his first 6 seasons with the Marlins after they drafted him out of Georgia Tech. He played in 25 games with the Texas Rangers in 2020, hitting.197 in 75 plate looks. In 2019, Dietrich struck a career-high 19 house runs for the Cincinnati Reds in his lone season with the club.