Cardinals "Nearing an Agreement" with Free Agent OF Corey Dickerson (UPDATE: They Got Him)

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Cardinals “Nearing an Agreement” with Free Agent OF Corey Dickerson (UPDATE: They Got Him)

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The outfield market has hummed right along here these last few days (Seiya SuzukiKyle SchwarberJesse WinkerAndrew McCutchen, Kris Bryant, etc.), and it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly close to adding Corey Dickerson to their outfield rotation.

Dickerson, 32, has had a couple big offensive seasons throughout his career, but those are mostly in the past. He’s probably closer to something like a slightly above league-average bat now (maybe that 110 wRC+ range) with a low walk rate, but a better-than-average strikeout rate.

With that said, as a fourth outfielder, who has always hit righties very well, this is a sneaky good pickup for the Cardinals. Dickerson’s lefty bat compliments the righties (Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill) very well and provides some nice cover for Dylan Carlson, as needed. This will be a solid and probably low-cost pickup for the Cardinals, when it finally comes through. Grumble.

UPDATE: One year deal, just $5 million guaranteed. Yep. That’s a nice fit. Dang.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami