Pirates sign Dickerson to minor league deal

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The Pirates signed outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced this morning.

Dickerson, 31, spent 2013 with the Baltimore Orioles organization. He hit .238 with a .266 on-base percentage in 109 major league plate appearances across 56 games. In 37 games with Class AAA Norfolk, the left-handed Dickerson hit .243 with a .350 on-base percentage.

Dickerson has played more left field than right, but he can play both corners.

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Dickerson in 2003, and he debuted with them in 2008. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees.

His best season was his rookie year, when he hit .304 with a .413 on-base percentage and six homers in 122 plate appearances. He hit well with the Yankees in 2012, but received only 17 major league plate appearances.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG.

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