Yankees: Even Derek Dietrich’s had enough of NYY after latest update
Another one bites the dust. The New York Yankees waited too long, and now they’ll lose another potential option who can fill in at multiple positions.
According to the latest reports, Derek Dietrich is opting out of his contract with the Bombers after remaining at Triple-A for all of 2021. This will allow him to seek an opportunity elsewhere.
Can you blame him? Just about every hitter on the Yankees is underperforming and the organization opted not to call Dietrich up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre despite his blistering month of June.
It must’ve been nothing short of discouraging for the 31-year-old, who expressed excitement when signing on with the team in the spring. Four months have gone by and he hasn’t sniffed the major league roster.
What a coincidence too! Dietrich made this decision shortly after the Yankees dropped the series opener to the Mets by a score of 8-3.
They were hitless through five innings and a majority of the lineup put forth, once again, little league at-bats. The organization wants to continue trotting out the same group of guys, and you can guess that wasn’t sitting well with Dietrich.
Nobody believed Dietrich would move the needle for the Yankees, but first baseman Luke Voit has missed most of the year with knee and oblique injuries, and the lefty slugger never got the call. The Yankees went with Mike Ford, who was bad, and then traded him to the Rays, and Rougned Odor, who’s only claim to fame in 2021 is a handful of clutch hits.
The other unfortunate aspect of this is that Dietrich also plays third base, which is held down by Gio Urshela, who’s one of a couple of players not drawing scorn from the fan base right now. There was no chance he’d be getting reps at the hot corner as long as Urshela was around.
A bad team with bad energy making bad decision after bad decision. If Dietrich wasn’t getting a fair shake on a wildly underachieving 41-40 team that desperately needed any sort of shakeup, we simply cannot blame him for attempting to try his luck elsewhere.
After all, there’s absolutely no luck on the Yankees’ side right now. Hasn’t been in quite some time.