SF Giants: 3 Players who will not be back in 2022
Last offseason the Giants signed Alex Dickerson to a one-year, $2.1 million deal. Starting the 2021 season, Dickerson was basically a platoon member with Austin Slater in left field. It was assumed that he would start a lot against right-handed pitching which is how they used him for most of the first half of the season.
However, Dickerson never really got red-hot the way we saw him in both 2020 and 2021. We know that when his bat heats up he can be a dangerous man in the middle of the order. Part of that had to do with the fact that he sustained some injuries throughout the season which prevented him from finding a rhythm at the plate.
What really seals Dickerson's likely exit from the Giants is the emergence of LaMonte Wade Jr. Wade stepped up when Dickerson and Brandon Belt were injured and showed the kind of damage he can do with the bat as well as his defensive versatility. The versatility part, along with his comparative youth, is what gives him a leg up over Dickerson.
The simple fact is that there just is not enough room for Dickerson next year. He could definitely be a solid bench piece, or even a starter, for a team next year, but the Giants already have Steven Duggar and Austin Slater who are superior defensively and basically comparable in terms of offensive output.
Giants fans will surely miss Dickerson's fun personality as well as the famous chant of the first four letters of his last name after a home run, but it seems likely that Dickerson has played his last game as a San Francisco Giant.