29 Dec

going south

Corey Dickerson, a .286 career hitter and a good defensive outfielder, would seem to be a good fit for a contending team. However, the free agent from McComb reportedly is planning to sign with a team that, well, probably isn’t. Dickerson has agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million deal with Miami, according to several sources. The Marlins went 57-105 in 2019, finishing 40 games out of first. The club hasn’t had a winning season in 10 years or made the playoffs in 16. One has to wonder if Dickerson, a former Meridian Community College star entering his eighth MLB campaign, might become a trade chip next summer for the rebuilding Marlins. Dickerson, 30, hit .304 in a 2019 season curtailed by injuries. He started the year with Pittsburgh and finished it with Philadelphia, which acquired him at the trade deadline in an effort to bolster its playoff hopes. Dickerson has never played in the postseason. He came up with Colorado and also spent time with Tampa Bay, where he was an All-Star in 2017. In Miami, Dickerson is the likely starting left fielder in an outfield mix also includes Brian Anderson, Jon Berti, Lewis Brinson, Garrett Cooper, Austin Dean and Harold Ramirez — not exactly an array of stars.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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