Assessing the Angels outfield situation with predictions (Part 2)
By Justin Gideon
The Marlins have a bit of an outfield logjam of their own. The projected roster lists Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Garrett Cooper, Lewis Brinson, Harold Ramirez, and Magneuris Sierra as the expected outfielders to be on the opening day active roster. They also have Jesus Sanchez and Monte Harrison knocking at the door.
It’s a peculiar situation for Miami. On the one hand, they are in a tough division, headlined by the Mets and Braves, but on the other hand, they did make the playoffs last season. Whether or not Dickerson sticks around is factored by how the Marlins view their team.
Corey Dickerson would bring a high batting average and slugging to the Angels outfield.
If Miami intends on competing, Dickerson will likely stay put, as he is one of the better names in that group of outfielders. If the Marlins believe that last season was a fluke and could take advantage of the shortened season, trading Dickerson may be a smart play for them.
If Dickerson is put on the trade block, should the Angels go for him?
Dickerson is a solid player, who as recently as 2017 was named to the All-Star team as a member of the Rays. In that season he slashed .282/.325/.490 with 27 home runs over 588 at-bats. He hasn’t reached that level of play since, but he has been extremely solid.
From 2018-2020, Dickerson has played for the Pirates, Phillies, and Marlins, hitting .292/.329/.484 with 32 home runs and 131 RBI (20 HR and 81 RBI per 162 games).
Objectively speaking, Dickerson would be an upgrade from Upton and Ward, and would provide the Angels with a productive middle-of-the-order lefty.