Derek Dietrich
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Yankees minor league infielder Derek Dietrich has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant DMPA.

Dietrich, 33, was batting .259 with nine home runs and 38 RBI across Double and Triple-A ball. He spent last season in the Yankees’ system as well as that of the Nationals. Prior to that, Dietrich played eight seasons with the Marlins, Reds, and Rangers. He hit a career-high 19 home runs for Cincinnati in 2019.

This is likely the end of the road for Dietrich, both with the Yankees and elsewhere. He was never a particularly strong player to begin with and had no clear path to the majors in New York’s system. Marwin Gonzalez is already capable as a utility man with the big league club. If he goes down, familiar face Tyler Wade will get called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Not to mention, the Yankees have shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza knocking on the door.

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Josh Benjamin is a Bronx native who lives and breathes the New York Yankees despite being born into a family full of Mets fans. He is the MLB Editor at RealSport and considers himself a student of the game. When not writing, he can be found either at Yankee Stadium or deep in discussion with his fellow sports nuts.