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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. 

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

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While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.

MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

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MLB rumors: Yankees make signing free agent Gerrit Cole top priority

Gerrit Cole is far and away the gem of the 2019 MLB free-agent class.

The former Pirates and Astros ace led the American League in both ERA and strikeouts last season and finished just behind teammate Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award race.

The team that historically always has had the deepest pockets in baseball -- the New York Yankees -- have made Cole a priority in free agency, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source.

Cole is a Southern California native with familial ties to the Giants, a team that also features one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the MLB. San Francisco also has been mentioned as a destination for the ace, who reportedly desires a return to the West Coast.

But if the Yankees, who always have jumped to outbid every other team for talent in free agency, decide to back up the proverbial Brinks truck for the 29-year-old, the Giants might be swiftly eliminated from contention for Cole.

Reports indicate that Cole’s price tag will “shatter” the record set by David Price when he signed a $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2015.

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While San Francisco has plenty of money to spend this offseason, it likely won’t engage in a bidding war that could approach $300 million.

Even if longtime Giant and current free agent Madison Bumgarner elects to go elsewhere in free agency, it remains to be seen how much money San Francisco would be willing to shell out for an elite talent like Cole in the heart of his prime.