The SF Giants have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Alex Dickerson.
According to a report by Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Giants have agreed to a guaranteed one-year, $2.1 million contract with outfielder Alex Dickerson. Dickerson is under team control until 2022 through arbitration, but the Giants could have non-tendered him today and made him a free agent.
Dickerson was projected to earn between $1.8 million to $3.3 million in arbitration had he gone that route. By re-signing at $2.1 million the Giants ensured they retained him at the lower end of that range and Dickerson gained some certainty instead of facing a free-agent market that is expected to be very difficult for players.
Early this season, Dickerson seemed like he was heading toward being non-tendered. He slashed just .195/.284/.351 in his first 88 plate appearances of the season, but the Giants were steadfast that he was close to breaking through. Sure enough, he did.
By season’s end, Dickerson raised his triple-slash to .298/.371/.576 line (157 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 27 RBI. Alongside his impressive power output, he put the ball in play consistently, striking out in just 17.6% of his plate appearances, and walked at an impressive 9.4% clip.
As effective as Dickerson was, the left-handed hitter has his limitations against same-sided pitchers. With severe platoon splits, manager Gabe Kapler did his best to limit Dickerson’s plate appearances against southpaws. This season, only 12 of Dickerson’s 170 plate appearances were against lefties. Given his extensive injury history, limiting his playing time might be the best approach to maintain his health and maximize his effectiveness.
The SF Giants had ten players eligible for arbitration at the start of the day and have come to an agreement with at least one of those players. Now Alex Dickerson is under contract for the 2021 season with a $2.1 million guaranteed contract.