Earlier this afternoon the Indians acquired veteran outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
Roster Move Acquired OF CHRIS DICKERSON from Pittsburgh for future considerations (added to roster) Designated C GEORGE KOTTARAS for assign
— #VoteKluber (@Indians) July 7, 2014
Dickerson has always been a liability at the plate, but provides the Indians a huge upgrade defensively—and considering how Raburn and Murphy have been hitting lately, the hitting isn’t even a downgrade.
According to Fan Graphs, Dickerson has accumulated a career +16 Defensive Runs Saved and has positive values at all three outfield positions.
Dickerson’s last major league experience came in 2013 for the Orioles, although he hit .309 with a .407 OBP at the Pirates triple-a affiliate in Indianapolis.
To make room on the roster for Dickerson, the Tribe designated George Kottaras for assignment, leaving Carlos Santana as the backup catcher. This move is somewhat surprising, since it means Tyler Holt—also a strong defensive outfielder with little offense—remains on the roster.