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Corey Dickerson acquisition is the latest in a string of smart Phillies moves

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, as reported by Jeff Passan.

According to Jim Salisbury, the Phillies will not be sending a player to the Pirates in the deal at the moment. Bob Nightengale added that the Phillies will send the Pirates a player to be named later and international bonus money.

Dickerson joins Drew Smyly, Jason Vargas, Blake Parker, Jose Pirela and Mike Morin as bargain deals for Philadelphia in July. Jay Bruce was acquired in the month prior for very little, too.

Dickerson, a free agent at season’s end, holds a .931 OPS for the 2019 season in 43 games played. With rookie Adam Haseley playing a bit of left field and Scott Kingery in centre, this gives Gabe Kapler a chance to shift his team around, potentially putting Dickerson in left, Haseley in centre and Kingery at third. Kingery is enjoying a breakthrough campaign, while Haseley’s Major League career has started well.

With Andrew McCutchen, Odubel Herrera and Jay Bruce all unavailable, the Phillies had a need in the outfield. Picking up Dickerson without giving up a significant prospect is a real steal for the Phillies. Bruce’s absence also sees the Kapler left with a right-handed heavy line-up, Dickerson is another left-handed bat who can go straight into the middle of the order alongside Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto.


As the National League wildcard race gets more intense by the day, this is the kind of move that could make a real difference for Philadelphia. Dickerson isn’t just a filler, he’s a well-above average hitter that gives more offensive depth to a line-up that can look thin.

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