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Alex Dickerson, Giants agree to one-year contract reportedly for $925K

Alex Dickerson, Giants agree to one-year contract reportedly for $925K

SAN FRANCISCO -- The outfielder who briefly turned the Giants' fortunes around in 2019 will be back next year. 

Alex Dickerson agreed Monday to a one-year contract, the team announced. The deal is worth $925,000, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported, citing a source. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players was Monday at 5 p.m., and Dickerson was one of six eligible Giants, along with Kevin Pillar, Donovan Solano, Joey Rickard, Tyler Anderson and Wandy Peralta. Rosenthal also reported that Peralta, a left-handed pitcher, will make $805,000. 

Bringing Dickerson back was a no-brainer, and the Giants were able to do so at a cost below the projection of $1.2 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The Giants acquired Dickerson in a minor trade with the Padres and he helped the team take off in July with a stunning stretch at the plate.

Dickerson hit .393 that month with four homers and 11 RBI as the Giants briefly got back into the Wild Card race. Overall, he batted .276 with six homers, 13 doubles and 28 RBI in 190 plate appearances. 

Dickerson has always been a talented hitter who has been limited by injuries, and 2019 was no different. He went on the Injured List in August with an oblique injury and he struggled to put the pain behind him down the stretch. At the end of the year, Dickerson said he plans to spend the offseason trying to find solutions for persistent back and side issues. 

"With the impact potential he showed, he's going to play as much as his body will allow," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in his end-of-season press conference.

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If healthy, Dickerson could hit in the heart of the order for the Giants and see plenty of time in left field. 

Peralta, 28, was picked up from the Reds and made eight appearances in September. He has a live arm and the Giants will throw him into the bullpen mix next spring. 

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

The Giants essentially bought veteran infielder Zack Cozart's contract from the Angels on Tuesday to add a talented young prospect.

San Francisco acquired Cozart and middle infield prospect Will Wilson from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash. The Giants are taking on all of Cozart's $12.67 million contract for the 2020 season, before he becomes a free agent in 2021. The 34-year-old, who has hit just .190 with five home runs the last two seasons, was an All-Star when healthy in 2017, but Wilson is the real prize of the deal. 

Wilson was selected No. 15 overall by the Angels in the 2019 MLB Draft. He immediately became a top-10 Giants prospect after the trade. MLB Pipeline ranks him No. 10 overall in the team's farm system, and FanGraphs has him even higher. 

The 21-year-old hit .275 with a .768 OPS and five home runs in 46 games at rookie ball in his debut season. He played 28 games at shortstop and 13 at second base. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Wilson will play both positions in the Giants' minor leagues, and the front office believes he will stick as a middle infielder. 

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Wilson was a consensus All-American as a junior at NC State, and was voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He hit .352 with nine homers and a 1.089 OPS in his final season for the Wolfpack. 

Prior to being traded to the Giants, Wilson was ranked as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He comes in lower with San Francisco, showing how much the Giants' farm system is on the rise with top prospects like Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Luciano and more. 

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

The Giants added a veteran shortstop Tuesday when they acquired Zack Cosart and prospect Will Wilson in a trade with the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Wilson was the prize of the deal, but there remains a possibility that Cozart could play a considerable role in San Francisco's middle infield this coming season.

As it turns out, though, the Giants reportedly went after a different veteran shortstop before pursuing the trade with the Angels. Didi Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, and according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, Gregorius reportedly chose them over the Giants in part due to the presence of Phillies manager Joe Girardi.

Gregorius previously played under Girardi with the Yankees, and it would appear they enjoyed their time together. While his offensive numbers might have been inflated somewhat by Yankee Stadium, Gregorius remains a standout defender and he was worth at least four WAR in both 2017 and 2018.

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The Giants absorbed the entirety of the $12.67 remaining on Cozart's contract, so there isn't much of a price difference between he and Gregorius. That said, the fact that San Francisco was able to acquire the Angels' No. 4 ranked prospect along with Cozart likely made that the more prudent acquisition.