BREAKING: Pittsburgh Pirates Have Traded Corey Dickerson To The Philadelphia Phillies
By Marty Leap
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their second trade of the week
During Spring Training 2018, Neal Huntington made one of his best trades as general manage of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It came when he traded reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray, and $1 million to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Corey Dickerson.
Dickerson had always been known as a power hitter that struck out too much and played poor defense. Well, upon arriving in Pittsburgh, Dickerson began to change his game. This led to him being one of the team’s best players each of the last two seasons.
Well, Dickerson’s run in Pittsburgh has ended. Prior to Wednesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Pirates traded Dickerson to the Philadelphia Phillies.
On Wednesday, Dickerson had a pinch hit at bat and grounded out. In his final start with the Pirates, Dickerson was 3-for-4 with two home runs and 5 RBI on Tuesday night.
Dickerson has spent much of the 2019 season on the injured list. He has played in just 44 games, but is slashing a healthy .315/.373/.551 with a 133 wRC+. This is the second highest wRC+ of his career, as well as his second best slugging percentage. He also owns a career high 17.2% extra base hit rate.
As a Pirate Dickerson posted the two lowest strikeout rates of his career, 15.0% in last and 16.3% this season. He also improved immensely as a defender. After serving as a designated hitter for the Rays, Dickerson led all National League left fielders in DRS in 2018 on his way to winning a Gold Glove Award. And he did it while playing in the most difficult left field in baseball to boot.
As of this writing, the return for Dickerson is not known. Stay tuned here at Rum Bunter for all and any news between now and the 4 p.m. trade deadline.