Marlins left fielder Corey Dickerson is headed to the IL, manager Don Mattingly told reporters today. Mattingly said Dickerson had an MRI and it’s “not very promising,” according to SportsGrid’s Craig Mish. The team later described Dickerson’s injury as a “left foot contusion.” Earlier today, we learned that the Marlins are calling up prospect Jesus Sanchez from Triple-A. Sanchez is batting fifth against the Cardinals’ Kwang Hyun Kim, who came off the IL today.
With 45 days until the trade deadline, it appears the last-place Marlins may have missed their chance to recoup some value on Dickerson. The 32-year-old wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire with a 102 wRC+, the Marlins may have been able to unload the $2.8MM that will remain on Dickerson’s contract come July 30th. Dickerson had signed a two-year, $17.5MM free agent deal with the Marlins in January 2020. Dickerson’s contract still marks by far the largest free agent signing of the Bruce Sherman/Derek Jeter era, with no one else topping $5MM.
The Marlins still have a solid trade chip in center fielder Starling Marte, who owns a 174 wRC+ on the season. Shortstop Miguel Rojas may also generate interest, though the club holds a $5.5M club option for 2022 that will become guaranteed if he reaches 500 plate appearances. Though controlled through 2022, first baseman Jesus Aguilar may also be available. Adam Duvall, also controlled through ’22, has had a rough year so far. On the pitching side, top reliever Yimi Garcia is slated for free agency and should be popular on the trade market.