UPDATE: Move is official
#Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international signing bonus money and a player to be named later. pic.twitter.com/hou2qbvBLa— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 31, 2019
While it may not be the high-impact move that many fans hoped for, the Phillies have reportedly made a move before the trade deadline, acquiring former Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson.
Outfielder Corey Dickerson has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
The thirty-year-old Dickerson is a seven-year veteran who has spent time with the Rockies, Rays, and Pirates. He bats from the left side of the plate, and his best season came in 2017 when he hit 27 home runs for the Rays and earned a spot on the American League All-Star team.
This season, he spent close to two months on the injured list with a strained shoulder. He recently suffered an injury to his groin, but he didn’t need any time on the injured list and played in Tuesday’s game.
When healthy, Dickerson has been productive this season, with a slash line of .317/.376/.556 and four home runs in 43 games. Defensively, he is capable of playing at every outfield spot, and won a gold glove playing mostly in left last season.
It isn’t clear what Dickerson’s role will be with the Phillies. It’s possible that he will take most of the starts in left field, or he may transition to a bench role. Either way, manager Gabe Kapler will have plenty of options when filling out the lineup card. (You be the judge whether or not that’s a good thing.)
As far as compensation, the Phillies may not be giving up anything more than money.
#Phillies are giving up relatively little to acquire OF Corey Dickerson, who is making $8.5 million this season and will become a free agent after the season: a PTBNL and international bonus money.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 31, 2019
For anyone unfamiliar with Dickerson, here are some of his highlights from last season: