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Cubs reacquire Donnie Dewees from Royals

The outfielder was swapped to Kansas City two years ago.

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Donnie Dewees was the Cubs’ second-round pick in 2015, out of the University of North Florida.

In February 2017, he was traded to the Royals for Alec Mills, who’s had some success in the big leagues for the Cubs (and who, coincidentally, will be starting for the Cubs this afternoon in Mesa).

This morning, the Cubs reacquired Dewees:

Stephen Ridings is 23 and was the Cubs’ eighth-round pick in 2016. Last year he made 22 relief appearances for Eugene in the Northwest League and posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.269 WHIP in 34x innings.

Dewees struggled in the Royals organization in 2018, hitting .258/.310/.383 with eight home runs and 16 stolen bases in 507 at-bats split between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s now 25, so this deal could wind up being organizational depth. At the same time, management liked him enough to bring him back in this trade.

In any case, welcome back to the Cubs organization, Donnie Dewees.