Giants Add Minor League Outfielder Alex Dickerson in Trade With Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- Add Alex Dickerson to the list of outfielders who may get their shot at Oracle Park this summer. 

The Giants on Monday acquired the outfielder from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-hander Franklin Van Gurp. The 29-year-old Dickerson, who was designated for assignment last week, will report to Triple-A Sacramento. 

Dickerson is a left-handed hitter who has played parts of three seasons in the big leagues but has just 19 at-bats this season. He hit 10 home runs in 84 games in 2016, but needed back surgery the next year and Tommy John surgery the year after that.

In all, Dickerson has a .250/.321/.429 slash line in 312 big league plate appearances. He was 3-for-19 in a brief stint with the Padres this season. 

Dickerson will join what again is a crowded outfield situation in Sacramento. Chris Shaw recently joined the River Cats and is expected to get a look in the big leagues at some point this season as the Giants continue to search for a long-term solution in the outfield corners. Mike Yastrzemski is the current answer in left, but he is batting just .231 with one homer in 52 at-bats. 

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Van Gurp, 23, was pitching out of the bullpen for Low-A Augusta. He had a 4.54 ERA but did have 49 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. 

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