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Three hitters White Sox should try to sign

Joshua Finkelstein
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Corey Dickerson #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on September 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Corey Dickerson #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on September 10, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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1. Corey Dickerson

The outfielder has never had an issue hitting throughout his career with a .286/.328/.504 slash line and 117 wRC+ for his career so far.

This past season was no different for the 30-year-old as he hit .304/.341/.565 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 78 games split between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies to give himself a 127 wRC+ (FanGraphs).

Defense wasn’t really an issue for Dickerson until this past season as he recorded -6 DRS and a -4.7 UZR in left field. In 2018, though, he had an elite 16 DRS and a 8.6 UZR at the same position.

That’s a very strange defensive trend and not one that necessarily will continue going forward. He’s likely somewhere in between those two extremes defensively.

Even if he isn’t, the team could simply use him as their DH with Jimenez, Robert, and Mazara set to line up in the outfield from left to right field.

Dickerson would be able to split time with Abreu, Grandal, and James McCann at DH while also spelling any of those three outfielders when necessary.

It would also provide the team with a hedge in case Robert doesn’t get off to a hot start in the beginning of his career or if Mazara proves to be a below-average outfielder.

Even after signing Mazara, the team only is set to have three hitters in their Opening Day lineup that can hit left-handed making Dickerson’s ability to do that more valuable in terms of balancing the lineup.

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