Free-agent infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich will be represented by All Bases Covered Sports Management moving forward, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). He’d previously been repped by SportsMeter, the same company that represents Craig Kimbrel, Ozzie Albies and Francisco Lindor.
Dietrich, 30, was non-tendered by the Marlins last offseason and was unable to secure a big league deal, ultimately signing a minor league pact with the Reds that paid him a $2MM base salary (with another $500K available via incentives) when he made the team out of Spring Training following an injury to Scooter Gennett. That looked to be a substantial bargain for the Reds through the season’s first couple of months; Dietrich maintained an OPS north of 1.000 into June and at one point belted a dozen home runs in a span of just 68 plate appearances.
Not long after that otherworldly power surge, however, Dietrich’s production fell off a cliff. The utilityman found himself in an increasingly limited role and ended the season in a dreadful 1-for-39 slump. Dietrich posted just a .071/.257/.179 in 70 plate appearances after the All-Star break, and while a .086 average on balls in play over that stretch surely didn’t help his case, Dietrich’s end-of-season .187/.328/.462 batting line nevertheless leaves plenty to be desired. To his credit, Dietrich’s 9.2 percent walk rate was a career-best, and his his season-long .176 BABIP should be in line for some positive regression even in spite of his pull-happy, fly-ball-heavy approach.
Dietrich will add another free agent to the offseason ledger over at All Bases Covered, who will also have the likes of Brian Dozier and Stephen Vogt hit the open market again. The switch continues a tough year for Dietrich’s now-former agency. Kimbrel’s trip to the open market lingered beyond the June draft, while former client Nicholas Castellanos jumped ship back in April.
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