The Phillies have traded for another outfielder at the MLB trade deadline
The Phillies had been very quiet entering the final day of the MLB Trade Deadline until about an hour before the final moves could be made.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the deal is pending a medical review.
Todd Zolecki reports that the deal is for a player to be named later and international bonus money.
Dickerson, a left-handed hitter in the final year of his contract, is hitting .317 for Pittsburgh while primarily playing left field.
Adding Dickerson is intriguing considering Philadelphia already added a left-handed hitting left fielder (Jay Bruce) earlier this season. Bruce is coming off an oblique injury, and the original acquisition of Bruce was centered around him being a bench piece.
Bruce was a hot hitter coming over from Seattle prior to the oblique injury on a swing. Since coming to Philadelphia he’s hit 10 home runs in 33 games.
Salisbury reports that Adam Haseley will take over in center field with Scott Kingery moving to third over Maikel Franco. Through 17 games Haseley is hitting .276 with three home runs.
Dickerson certainly adds more pure hitting ability to a Phillies lineup that has scuffled in recent months. The 30-year-old Dickerson also has a Gold Glove to his name, adding defense to an already slugging defensive team.
Philadelphia could certainly start Dickerson given the overall productivity of his bat plus the Gold Glove defense in left field. Bruce might be better suited for the bench with his ability to go yard off the bench.
Dickerson has primarily hit sixth for the Pirates this year.
This feels like a good deal for the Phillies considering what Dickerson adds to the lineup and outfield.