After losing outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a torn ACL earlier this season, the Philadelphia Phillies finally filled the void by acquiring All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Philadelphia has agreed to a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Dickerson, though the deal is still pending a medical review.
Dickerson will slide in immediately to left field and can provide the reliable bat that Philadelphia has missed since McCutchen and Jay Bruce went down with injuries. An All-Star in 2017 and Gold Glove recipient last season, Dickerson has performed well this season with a .317 batting average and outstanding .376 OBP.
Upon Bruce’s return, the Phillies could opt to move Harper to center field and shift Bruce to right field. While it would represent a downgrade defensively, it would improve Philadelphia’s lineup.
Dickerson is owed the remainder of his $8.5 million salary for the 2019 season and will become a free agent at the end of the year.