The St. Louis Cardinals are having a strong season overall as a team, but there clearly is some dead weight they could trim from the roster.
The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the highest-scoring offenses in the majors, but there’s one hitter they could cut and make their roster even stronger. Corey Dickerson was brought in to be a part-time left-handed outfielder, someone who could give a starter the day off or be the designated hitter when a righty was on the mound. Thus far, that $5M investment has not paid off well.
Dickerson is hitting .194/.245/.286 (54 OPS+) with two home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored over 106 plate appearances. He’s not striking out a lot (18.9%), but he’s also not hitting the ball very hard, with hard-hit percentages and exit velocities notably below average.
Perhaps it was a tough start to the year, and Dickerson will come off the Injured List and heat up just like the weather has. But with several young hitters coming up this season and earning roles all around the diamond, Dickerson may have little time to prove his worth before the team decides to eat his salary and use his roster spot on a better alternative.