2016 Canadian draft list
Letters of Intent
By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
After spending the off-season working outwith Giancarlo Stanton, A.J. Ramos and Ricky Nolasco, Chris Dickerson is headed to Dunedin as the Blue Jays have inked the journeyman outfielder to a minor league contract that includes an invite to big league camp.
Over the past seven seasons, Dickerson, 32, has suited up for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles, the Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently, the Cleveland Indians, who, after played the veteran in limited opportunities following a mid-season trade with the Pirates. The 32 year-old California native was great free agency Sept. 16.
Highlighted by a 2009 campaign that saw the former 16th round draft pick (2003) appear in a career-high 97 games for Cincinnati, the left handed hitting outfielder has slashed .257/.335/.395 in 820 big league plate appearances since breaking in with the Reds in 2008.
Having spent the majority of his MLB playing time centre field, the 6-foot-2 southpaw comes with experience in all three outfield positions, adding to his stock value as an interesting depth piece for the Blue Jays in 2015.
With Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Dickerson all vying for that fourth outfielder position when camp breaks this April, not to mention Andy Dirks who will be opening the grapefruit league slate in the minor league camp while rehabbing an injured back, temperatures won’t be the only thing heating up this March as competition for a big league roster spot promises to follow suit.
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