One of the primary catalysts behind the San Francisco Giants’ incredible July hot streak will return to the club next season.
Outfielder Alex Dickerson signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Giants for next season as the two sides avoided arbitration. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
The Giants have until 5 p.m. PT on Monday to decide whether to tender contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players, including center fielder Kevin Pillar.
There was little doubt the Giants would bring Dickerson back in 2020 after the left-handed power-hitter hit .276 and posted an .820 OPS in 174 at-bats during his first season with the franchise. The Giants acquired Dickerson in exchange for minor league pitcher Franklin Van Gurp in a trade with the San Diego Padres in June.
Dickerson spent a short stint with Triple-A Sacramento before he was promoted to the Giants’ 25-man roster on June 21. In his first 26 games with the Giants, the Poway, Calif. native hit .405 with a 1.289 OPS to lead a club that became an outside factor in the National League Wild Card race before fading fast in the month of August.
Dickerson has battled significant injury issues throughout his career and that trend continued in San Francisco this season. Despite proving to be one of the club’s most capable hitters when healthy, Dickerson was limited during the final two months of the season due to an oblique injury that persistently bothered the part-time outfielder.
Rosenthal also reported the Giants agreed to terms on a 2020 contract with left-handed reliever Wandy Peralta. Peralta will earn $805,000 next season after posting a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings with the Giants during the month of September.
San Francisco acquired Peralta on a waiver claim after he was designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds.