Jan
12

Update: Yankees release Chris Dickerson

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January 12th: The Yankees have released Dickerson according to the official site. What a waste, they couldn’t even get a fringe prospect out of him in a trade. I wouldn’t count on the team re-signing Dickerson to a minor league deal, though I suppose it’s possible.

January 4th: Via Chad Jennings: The Yankees have designated Chris Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently-claimed Russ Canzler. They have ten days to trade, release, or waive him.

Dickerson, 30, never got much of an opportunity during his two years with the organization. He’s a .266/.352/.407 (103 wRC+) career hitter in 599 big league plate appearances with a big walk rate (11.6%), a big stolen base success rate (81.8%), strong defense (+13 DRS and +14.2 UZR), and good numbers against right-handers (107 wRC+). His only crime was being a left-handed hitter on a team full of left-handed hitting outfielders.

Dickerson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A last spring, but he’ll be able to elect free agency if he goes unclaimed again. I’m sure he would do that in hopes of finding more opportunity elsewhere. I’ve always been a fan, so hopefully someone gives Dickerson a couple hundred at-bats as a platoon bat in 2013 so we can see what he can do.

Categories : Asides, Transactions
  • Havok9120

    I’m expecting a full-on Commentopocolypse here.

    • dalelama

      No, no, no, we are never allowed to question any Cashman moves…never, never, never.

  • Gonzo

    Isn’t there a chance that he can get more money on a minor league deal with someone else as a FA too?

    • dfghj

      Yes, and Mike enough with your ridiculous judgment. Love the site, but holy hell. Let’s stop commenting like you know that other teams had an interest. They clearly did not. You are starting to sound like Pete Abraham from his LoHud days, between this and the 189 spending cap, like it is some sort of small market philosophy.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    CASHMAN YOU FUCKING BASTARD. I HOPE YOU DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gonzo

      I thought we were all going to just TP his house?

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        TPing his house for DFAing Dickerson?

        Oh no, that punishment doesn’t fit this crime.

        • Gonzo

          Flamethrowers it is.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        The only way this offseason could get any worse would be if the DFAed Future HOFer Ronny Mustelier.

        Before I get attacked, I’m being facetious in these posts

        • Gonzo

          *puts flamethrower away*

          • Havok9120

            You’ll probably still need it at some point this evening.

    • Joe

      This is a very student comment.

    • Yankee insider

      Why the Hell would they do this to Dickerson he’s better then grandy they should have gone with rapada or someone else other then Dickerson maybe though they’ll waive him and no one claims him.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Dickerson better than Grandy?
        LMAO.

      • Chuck

        Why do you say that Dickerson is better than Grandy? What is that based on?

        • Yankee insider

          Autocorrect I meant cheaper. Also I read an article that the phillies are looking for a corner OF so if he goes on waivers they’ll probably claim him.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Someone will actually make this claim tonight without an auto-correct issue.

          • MannyGeee

            WTF type of Siberian Laptop or knock off tablet are you using that autocorrects Better with Cheaper? Is it an EddardWorld II-E?

      • DC

        Eddard?

    • trr

      that is a tad extreme, no?

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Someone asked Mike today what it would take for him to not be a Yankee fan.

    If this isn’t it, I don’t know what is.

  • Anthony

    Over/under 8 grave rolls?

    Just messing. C-dick seemed like a capable player from the little I saw of him, but it doesn’t make sense keeping him given the current outfield makeup.

    • DC

      I’ll take the over.

      • Havok9120

        We’ll be well over if this thread goes the same way LoHud’s went. They apparently decided to delve into the good ‘ole Justin Maxwell Bitterness Reserve.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Chris Dickerson getting DFA’d: the most mourned marginal platoon player loss ever.

  • Joe

    This is a very STUPID comment*

    • Havok9120

      This is a very fitting example of a double-fail being forgiven due to the irony value of the fails in question.

      • Gonzo

        MIND BLOWN

        Is this the rumored failception?

        • Havok9120

          SILENCE!

          We dare not speak it’s name.

          • Havok9120

            ….and I used an apostrophe for a possessive “its.”

            I really need to go to bed.

          • Gonzo

            Dang. I screwed up.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    The only Yankee game I’ve been to in the Bronx, Dickerson hit a laser into the second deck in the short porch in right. I always thought he should’ve been given more of a chance and I’m sticking to it. Glad I got to see that one shot against the Orioles this year! Good luck Chris!

  • thenamestsam

    Makes sense to swap out Dickerson for a (hopefully) similarly talented guy who hits from the side of the plate we need.

    That said, I have to say that Dickerson’s career really doesn’t make sense to me. Everything I’ve seen from both an eye test and a statistical perspective indicates that he’s a guy capable of helping someone at the big league level, he just really hasn’t been given that chance. I honestly think he would do alright as the big side of an OF platoon (not tear it up or anything, but for a low budget team looking for a full time guy for the minimum) and would be a great pickup as a 4th OF for a team with mostly right-handed OFs. I’d really like to see the guy get a shot.

    • Havok9120

      As much as I’ve mocked the Dickerson love, I’m in the same boat as you here. I was very surprised when he passed unclaimed through waivers last time ’round.

    • Gonzo

      I agree. I forget who mentioned it, but someone said that expanding bullpens have cost players like Dickerson chances over the years. Easier to have a platoon at a position if you don’t carry so many pitchers was the reasoning.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Good riddance. I hated that guy.

  • Alkaline

    I really hope this thread turns into some of the other ones today. There were some solid performances so far.

  • first name only male – Retire 21

    He’ll be on the Astros’ roster any moment now.

    • Havok9120

      I’m waiting for Arizona to stake a claim.

      It’ll be glorious.

    • MannyGeee

      Funny, Houston was my first thought too… Then, Cincinnati. Those are the kinds of teams that feast of this kind of roster move… er, travesty… Rather, INJUSTICE!!!

  • mrdbag

    Cash had the nerve to say that we will see less homeruns this year sarcastically like he was taunting the fans. Please bring in billy beane at least he cares.

    • Steve S

      Can’t wait for the day we see a Paredes-Maxwell-Dickerson outfield.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

        Can you say 100+ loses?

      • MartinRanger

        I think the Diamondbacks are planning to scrap the whole infield thing, and play seven outfielders. Four shallow, three fast guys deep.

  • Vern Sneaker

    So weird how some guys get no respect. I don’t think it’s off the wall to speculate that Dickerson in right would have been a better way to go than Ichiro. What is it exactly that the baseball geniuses didn’t like?

    • trr

      he’s a no-name.

    • Havok9120

      We don’t know, but it’s not just the Yanks. Every front office in baseball passed on him a year ago.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    NOW THEY CAN’T TRADE CHRIS DICKERSON STRAIGHT-UP FOR JUSTIN UPTON! DIE RANDY LEVINE DIE!

    I look forward to hearing about how terrible this was every time Dickerson breathes and/or puts the ball in play wherever this winds up.

    Remember, though, don’t waste your time on marginal players.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

      There you go, always defending Cashman even though this move has his fingerprints all over it.

  • Paco

    At 30 years old and a marginal outfielder I think it makes some sense to cut him loose. They added a younger player that has more potential to find a role. Sounds reasonable.

  • Steve S

    I think he’ll be traded. Several teams are gonna be after him.

    • Paco

      Good point – though a bit odd that he cleared waivers last time and was send to AAA. I suppose he played well after that and increased his value, but you would have thought that he would be what he is at his age.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Well of course he’s marginal if you don’t play him. The only real negative I can see in his stats is a 27% K rate but the two years he got 300 ABs (2009 with Cin. and 2012 AAA Yanks it went down to 23% and 22%. And a + defender and base runner. But he’s gone so time to let it go.

    • MannyGeee

      Who would trade for him when they can wait 4 days and sign him as a FA?

      CHERRINGTON WOULD!!! Someone get Yawkey Way on the line, STAT!

      • Steve S

        A team that wants him without uncertainty. If you have low waiver priority or do not believe that he would choose to sign with your team.

  • Herby

    Hopefully he’ll get a chance to see some playing time, it wasn’t going to happen with the Yankees and maybe they’ll be a chance to see what kind of player he could’ve become., and no…500 some at bats here, and there is not really a chance. I hope this guy they got is of some use and not someone who ever sees N.Y.

  • RetroRob

    He’ll be claimed, unless the Yankees trade him. They turned Sergio Mitre into Dickerson the last time, so maybe they can turn Dickerson into something else they need. Probably more difficult this time of year since teams are all dealing with the same 40-man roster issues, unable to put any player on the DL right now.

    Yet, with Diaz and Canzler, and Mesa and Almonte at AAA, Dickerson was out of room. I hope he does get a chance on the MLB level this year. Unlike a Greg Golson who has not chance of sticking on the MLB level, Dickerson does.

    He’d make a nice platoon partner for Justin Maxwell in Houston. I could even see the Mets wanting him. : -)

    • Ted Nelson

      I figured he’d be claimed last time, too, though. Probably more likely to be claimed in the offseason, I guess.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    Favorite c-dick moment was when he hit a bomb off Felix in safeco. He will be missed.

  • Bulldog’s Greenies

    Man, I really doubt either Diaz or Canzler can carry C-Dick’s jock. I was always high on him and I really think we may come to regret this move.

    I’m a huge Ichiro fan, but I think we’d have been better served going with C-Dick in RF.

    • Steve S

      He’s 30 though. Any regret will be short-lived.

  • dan gen

    That man in the corner crying is mike a. ,he is crushed THE YANKS CUT HIS GUY……….

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Mike just keeps kicking sand in the face of C Dicks fan club.

  • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

    Usually I’m on board with most of the team’s decisions, because people who know far more about players ability, potential, talent, work ethic, and personalities than I do make the decisions. However one I cannot get over for the life of me is signing Ichiro for 2 years of guaranteed money when they could have likely gotten the same production from Dickerson at a fraction of the cost, with (In my mind) far less of a risk of the player falling off of a cliff.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I just don’t think it’s that cut and dry that they’d get the same level of production out of Dickerson.

    • Preston

      I tended to agree with you that Dickerson could easily be comparable to Ichiro. Apparently every big league GM disagrees with us since Ichiro had about ten teams make him offers, with several of them being multiple years, while Chris Dickerson wasn’t claimed by a single team.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        +100000000000000

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I won’t make a snarky comment here. I’m somewhat surprised, I guess?

    He’s still going to have to walk on to a club and win a job out out of Spring Training. I guess I understand why every other team would just rather try their luck on a guy like this on an ST invite and not give up something just to lock in that right until his 40-man spot becomes open.

    It’s still not a bad way to make a living.

    • RetroRob

      I think part of it is logistics. I’m not sure a team claiming him can just assign him in the minors unless he agrees. He’ll probably opt for free agency instead, so that makes a team less likely to work out a deal. It strikes me when a player is DFA’d greatly impacts these things. Teams’ 40-man rosters are full. That’s how the Yankees were able to claim Canzler, and they opted to open up a 40-man spot.

      I really don’t know. There are so many rules around these things. All I do know is I have three posts related to this, which is way too many. I will now go do something productive, like have another cup of coffee.

    • tom tuna

      “I won’t make a snarky comment here.”

      Such forbearance. A Tilapia first!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, I never have anything other than snark to offer, do I?

  • RetroRob

    Surprised no team would part with even a fringe prospect. They probably figure they can pick him up once he’s released, yet then they’re competing with other teams. Can’t imagine he’d have any interest in re-signing with the Yankees since he’ll get a chance to play elsewhere. The kid is, well, not a kid. Time is running out.

    He’d make a great platoon partner for Justin Maxwell in Houston. Maxwell punished lefties and Dickerson is stongest against righties. Perhaps a .270/.350/.480, 25 HR combined line? : -)

  • thunder rd runner

    should’ve gotten smething…

    • RetroRob

      If no one’s offering…

      • Preston

        Then you turn on force trades!

        • Steve S

          OOTP reference?

  • BaltimoreYankee

    A nice roster filler type player but if I don’t have to see the phrase C-Dick on this site any more, it’s worth getting rid of him.

    – B-Yank

  • Ted Nelson

    If no team wanted him when he was free and passed through waivers, it’s not exactly surprising that no team wanted to give up an asset to put him on their MLB club.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    This guy Axisa sure puts the ‘blues’ in River Ave Blues.

    • Ted Nelson

      Seriously

    • River Ave Bipolar Disorder

      Just sayin…

  • There’s the Door

    Dickerson becomes yet another homegrown guy we won’t really know about until he gets a chance somewhere else.
    It’s essentially a trade for Canzler. We’ll see.

    • Ted Nelson

      Dickerson was not homegrown. He was a month shy of 29 years old when he got to the Yankees org.

    • DC

      Homegrown?? He was drafted in ’03 by the Reds. Traded by the Brewers to NY in 2011 for Mitre.

      • MannyGeee

        God the Yankees suck so bad, even their young homegrown prospects are geriatric, Amirite? Also, future HoF ronnier mustelier

      • Deep Thoughts

        Yankees drafted him in the 32nd round in 2000, he didn’t sign, and Cincy took him in the 16th round in 2003.

        • Mickey Scheister

          It’s payback. After all these years, the Yanks NEVER forget, ever. Perhaps if C-Dick had been under the guidance of MiL instructors before 2003, he’d be 29 and going through arb for the final time as opposed to released. But since he’s a cornball brother anyway, who cares? I will miss the completely predictable comments in the game thread, all three of them.

  • mark

    word out of Boston is they going after him….