A familiar face will be back patrolling the outfield at Southwest University Park next spring. Alex Dickerson, who hit .331 in 2015 and 2016 with the El Paso Chihuahuas, signed a minor league deal today with the San Diego Padres. The 28-year old has been battling a variety of injuries over the past two seasons and he missed all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Padres outrighted Dickerson to El Paso last month, and the former third round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates elected free agency instead. Now, he will try and return to the big leagues. In 95 games with San Diego, Dickerson is hitting .257/.331/.448 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. The Padres outfield is crowded with Hunter Renfroe, Manny Margot, Franmil Reyes, Frenchy Cordero, Travis Jankowski, and Will Myers. The team has shopped Myers during the offseason, and the former 2013 AL Rookie of the Year spent time last season at third base.