Outfielder Corey Dickerson, who played 34 games for the Phillies last season, has signed a multi-year deal with the division-rival Marlins.
Cesar Hernandez (Cleveland Indians) and Maikel Franco (Kansas City Royals) are not the only former Philadelphia Phillies to find new homes for the 2020 season.
On Tuesday, the division rival Miami Marlins announced they have signed outfielder Corey Dickerson to a two-year deal worth $17.5 million. The agreement was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman on December 28.
Dickerson, 30, slashed .293/.307/.579 in 34 games last season in red pinstripes, along with 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 34 RBI, three walks and 33 strikeouts. The Phillies acquired the seven-year veteran from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31 in exchange for international bonus slot money and player to be named later. He played just 78 games total between the two clubs in 2019 due to injuries.
The Phillies simply had no role for Dickerson on the 2020 roster, with a healthy Andrew McCutchen returning in left left, along with fellow expected starters Adam Haseley in center and Bryce Harper in right.
Being near the luxury tax also limited the Phillies’ ability to outbid the Marlins for Dickerson’s services, with his contract ended up being just shy of $9 million AAV for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Dickerson returns to Florida, where he played for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016 and 2017, the latter year being his only career All-Star nod in which he produced 27 home runs and 62 RBI spanning 150 games. The McComb, Missouri, native has also played for the Colorado Rockies (2013-15); in 2018 with the Pirates, he earned his first and only career Gold Glove Award.
Through seven seasons and 776 career games, Dickerson has slashed .286/.328/.504 with 190 doubles, 29 triples, 115 home runs, 370 RBI, 168 walks, and 620 strikeouts.