Corey Dickerson has signed with the Miami Marlins, according to a tweet by Jon Heyman.
Although a dollar figure has yet to be publicized, the deal is for two seasons. Corey Dickerson is a 30-year-old left fielder who, if healthy, drastically changes the outfield picture for the Marlins in 2020.
UPDATE: Deal is for two-years and $17.5 million.
A seven-year major league veteran, Dickerson has appeared for the Colorado Rockies, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was an American League All Star in 2017 for the Rays, and won the National League Gold Glove in left field for the Bucs in 2018.
Dickerson’s recent history suggests possible problems with injury. Plantar fasciitis in his left foot and a broken rib sidelined him three times in 2015, and last season, he suffered from a strained left hamstring, a strained right shoulder, both a right and left groin injury, a bruised finger, and finally a fractured left foot. Although it’s been stated that he’s not considered an “everyday” player, there’s nothing preventing it if he remains healthy.
What the Marlins get is a solid left fielder with a career .286/.328/.504 slashline, along with 115 home runs and 370 RBI.
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Despite his injuries, Dickerson still managed to play in 78 games last season between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and slashed .304/.341/.565 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI. Just two seasons removed from that Gold Glove, 2019 defensive metrics still have Dickerson pegged as a near-average outfielder, just four total fielding runs below average for the N.L.
Dickerson is a six-foot-one, 210 lb. native of McComb, MS. Born on May 22nd, 1989, the Rockies were so enamored of him that they drafted him twice, first in 2009 in the 29th round then the following year in the eighth round.
The deal essentially takes Yasiel Puig out of the conversation in South Florida. The Cuban native was largely expected to ink a deal with the Marlins, but that now becomes unlikely.