PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The Pirates today announced the signing of 31-year-old outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal which also includes an invitation to Major League spring training as a non-roster player.

Dickerson split the 2013 season between the Baltimore Orioles and their Triple-A affiliate the Norfolk Tides.  While with the big league club last year, Dickerson hit .238 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 56 games appearing 17 times in left field, six in right and five in center.

The left-handed Dickerson was drafted in the 16th round of the 2003 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, eventually making his debut with them in 2008.  Dickerson has also played for the Milwaukee Brewers (2010) and New York Yankees (2011-2012).

With the center field and left field jobs locked down by reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte, Dickerson at best will be competing for the right field job which looks like Jose Tabata’s if he can earn it, leaving a fight for a backup role with Travis Snider.

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