Phillies Trade for Outfielder Dickerson
The Phillies have made their first trade on deadline day. The move will not address their pitching, but instead their offense. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Phillies have acquired left fielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dickerson was a gold glove winner last season and an All-Star the year before, when he played for the Tampa Bay Rays. Dickerson has played exclusively left field this season, which means that Adam Haseley could return to Triple-A for more seasoning, or play some center field in place of Scott Kingery, who could play the infield as well.
Dickerson is batting .317 in 2019, with an OPS of .931. Dickerson began the season as the number three hitter in the Pirates lineup. However, a groin injury has limited Dickerson to 43 games. Dickerson is due to be a free agent after the season.
A left-handed bat, this could be a sign that the Phillies do not expect Jay Bruce back in the immediate future.
The return is immediately unknown. Check back as the story develops.