The Chicago Cubs signed Ryan Dent to a minor-league contract according to Devan Fink of MLBDailyRumors.com. Dent can play shortstop, second base and outfield.
The 25-year-old was drafted 62nd overall in the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox. However, over eight minor-league seasons, Dent slashed .229/.309/.337 with just 31 home runs and 218 RBI's over 647 games.
When Dent was drafted by the Red Sox, Theo Epstein was the general manager of the Red Sox. Epstein is now the Cubs President of Baseball Operations and once again, he helped to sign Dent.
Surprisingly enough, Dent pitched in one game. In 2013, he pitched for the Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A). He won his only game that lasted two innings. The 6-foot right-hander gave up two hits and two walks, but struck out one hitter to finish it off the win.
Dent has a decent .967 career fielding percentage and has made 86 errors. His best year was 2013 in Double-A and Triple-A, where he made just six errors.
Dent has not been able to deliver what many expected from him back when he was drafted. This is a decent gamble for the Cubs because he might just be looking for a change in scenery to get himself going, but only time will tell for both parties.