Reds add Dietrich on Minor League deal

February 18th, 2019

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Upon the passing of his physical on Tuesday, the Reds signed infielder/outfielder to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp for Spring Training.

If he makes the club, Dietrich will earn $2 million this season with the chance for an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. His addition gives the Reds 62 players in camp.

Dietrich, 29, was designated for assignment by the Marlins in November after six seasons with the team. He elected free agency after clearing waivers. Considered below average defensively on many advanced metrics, he was unable to land a regular position in Miami. Instead, he moved around to play first base, second base, third base and left field.

Cincinnati is expected to have a four-man bench and could benefit from the added offensive punch besides the versatility. Dietrich has proven to be a slightly above-average hitter, recording a lifetime 109 OPS+. While batting .265/.330/.421 in 149 games last season, he hit a career-high 16 homers with 45 RBIs and a 2.2 offensive WAR.

Dietrich is expected to be in camp when the Reds work out on Wednesday. He will wear No. 22.