Dixon Machado trying to get chance with Chicago Cubs he missed in 2019

Back in September of 2019, the Chicago Cubs were desperate for another infielder. The Cubs, who were in the midst of fighting for a spot in the postseason, had already lost infielders Javier Baez and Addison Russell to injures.

The next person in line was Dixon Machado of the Iowa Cubs.

Machado, who was crushing his way through a strong season in the minors with the Cubs, had made a compelling case for a call-up. But he was out with a quad injury. So, the Cubs made a call to young prospect Nico Hoerner who had already returned home at the conclusion of the Double-A season.

It became a monumental move for both players. Hoerner became a mainstay in Chicago’s middle infield when he hasn’t been battling injuries. Machado, meanwhile, never got to the big leagues with the Cubs and hasn’t been back to the majors since 2018 with the Detroit Tigers.

“I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” Machado said.

Machado, who is now in his second stint with the Iowa Cubs, is making another compelling case for a callup. And just like last time, the 30-year-old infielder is roadblocked by Hoerner and others as he puts together a strong start to the season.

“It feels like being back home,” Machado said.

He’s had a few homes over the years. Machado, who appeared in 172 big league games with the Tigers from 2015-18, was with the Miami Marlins in spring training. After the Marlins released him, Machado signed a minor league deal with the Cubs. It turned into a great move.

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Machado spent the entire season in Iowa and became a valuable, versatile hitter, that produced a slash line of .261 / .371 ./. 480 with 17 homers and 19 doubles in 102 games. As good as Machado was that season, it did not result in a promotion to the majors. He certainly had a chance at the end of the season when Baez and Russell went down with injuries.

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