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SF Giants: Is Alex Dickerson’s time in SF running out?

Aug 18, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (12) awaits his turn at bat against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (12) awaits his turn at bat against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 27: Alex Dickerson #12 of the SF Giants at bat against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

This season, the SF Giants have gotten production from pretty much everyone they’ve played. However, there is one person who isn’t quite performing like fans know he can; outfielder Alex Dickerson.

Since Dickerson arrived in San Francisco during the 2019 season, he’s been very productive. He’s hit 29 home runs and 91 RBIs with a .267/.335/.494 triple-slash during his stint with the Giants. He played a major part in the team’s successes in the 2019 and 2020 campaigns as well.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Giants got Dickerson for next to nothing in 2019, which is why it may be a good idea to wait for Dickerson to get hot like everyone knows he can. That could be what Gabe Kapler and the front office is trying to do by giving him at-bats on a daily basis. It worked with Wilmer Flores this season already, so who says it can’t work on Dickerson?

Is Alex Dickerson’s time with the SF Giants coming to an end?

The issue comes this season. Dickerson just hasn’t been himself at the plate, and given the fact that he’s one of the worst defensive outfielders on the roster, could he be out of a job sooner rather than later? After all, at the plate this year he’s got a line of .236/.305/.428, while his numbers are roughly league-average, it’s well below the production of several other options.

With this year’s team, there’s a plethora of competition for at-bats. If Dickerson continues to slump, Steven Duggar could return to the lineup. That would not only help the Giants defensively, but it’d add more speed to a lineup that lacks it. Duggar was having a breakout season before he got optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento. He was batting .267/.340/.442 in 27 games this season. He also brought some pop of his own with seven home runs during his limited playing time.

Evan Longoria will also be returning from the injured list soon, which could move slugger Kris Bryant to the outfield as well. With left-handed hitters Mike Yastrzemski and LaMonte Wade Jr. far exceeding Dickerson this season, he could become the odd man out.

Dickerson has one year of team control remaining through arbitration after this season. While it would be surprising to see the Giants non-tender such a proven player, he could become a trade chip, particularly to an American League team that could deploy Dickerson in the outfield and as a designated hitter.

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Rosters are set to expand to 28 soon, which means the SF Giants shouldn’t have to make a move this month with outfielder Alex Dickerson. However, don’t be surprised if Dickerson is left off the playoff roster and is wearing a different uniform in 2022.

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