Cubs add Burl Carraway, Derek Dietrich, Ryan LaMarre to player pool

/ by Tim Stebbins
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The Cubs added pitching prospect Burl Carraway, second baseman Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre to their player pool.

The Cubs selected Carraway in the second round of last month's draft (No. 51 overall) out of Dallas Baptist University. The 21-year-old lefty throws a high-90s fastball and was tabbed by MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis as the best reliever in the draft.

Dietrich joins the Cubs on a minor league deal. He spent 2019 with the division rival Reds, hitting .187/.328/.462 with 19 home runs in 113 games. He gives the club additional depth at second with Daniel Descalso opening the season on the 45-day injured list.

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LaMarre also signed a minor league deal. He's seen brief big league action the past five seasons, including 2018 with the White Sox. He's a career .236/.286/.338 hitter but posted a .303/.324/.485 line in 66 at-bats in 2018. He offers outfield depth after Mark Zagunis opted not to play this season.

With the moves, the Cubs' player pool stands at 57 — 30 (plus the injured José Quintana) in Chicago and 26 in South Bend.