The Philadelphia Phillies are not what one would consider an enviable position. After making a host of win-now moves and signings this past offseason including trading for JT Realmuto and signing Bryce Harper, the Phillies find themselves in third place in the National League East and struggling to keep pace with the division leading Braves and surging Washington Nationals.
Their struggles have been a bit all over the place. They are not a strong team defensively, the rotation has been inconsistent at best, and their bullpen has struggled like many teams around the league.
Rather than address their pitching issues (for now), the Phillies made a move to bolster their outfield.
Outfielder Corey Dickerson has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
Corey Dickerson likely would have fetched a hefty return not that long ago on the trade market, but he has seen his power production plummet this season and that, combined with the fact that he will be a free agent after the season, diminished his stock quite a bit. He has hit for average this season and his .931 OPS this season will likely be welcome in the Phillies lineup.
No word yet on the Pirates return so far. Once we know the details, we will update you all.