30-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Andy Dirks in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Andy Dirks Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in January 2015.
Dirks was released by the Blue Jays on Thursday, Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Andy Dirks.
Dirks was expected to be on the plentiful side of an outfield platoon for the Tigers in 2014, but lingering back and hamstring injuries ended up limiting the 29-year-old to 14 appearances at various minor-league levels. While he was able to play most of the 2013 campaign, lingering knee issues limited his productivity, so it’s worth monitoring his health. When healthy, Dirks has shown the ability to be a decent platoon option in the outfield. As would be expected, the left-handed swinging veteran has been better against right-handed pitching, hitting .278/.333/.428 with 17 homers and 13 steals in 790 at-bats. He’s expected to be fully recovered from the back and hamstring issues prior to spring training. Dirks was snatched up off waivers by Toronto in November. The Blue Jays will most likely add to their outfield during the offseason, but Dirks is an option to share a starting role, or he could be used as a backup bat off the bench.
Dirks received his first legitimate chance at a true full-time gig in 2013, but lackluster production and lingering knee issues ended up limiting him to the larger half of a timeshare in left field. The 28-year-old outfielder finished the season hitting .256/.332/.363 with nine homers and seven steals in 438 at-bats. The left-handed Dirks had shown decent ability to hit southpaws in past seasons, but he managed just a .234 batting average against lefties last season, which led to extra playing time for platoon partner Matt Tuiasosopo. Dirks’ walk rate (8.7%) and strikeout rate (17.4%) were close to the expected results, but his BABIP dipped from an inflated .368 in 2012 to .299 last season, which helps explain his drop in production. While Dirks doesn’t have any glaring holes in his game, he doesn’t project to reach levels much higher than what he's hinted at the past three seasons. He's current positioned to platoon with Rajai Davis in left field this season.
The 2012 season marked the first time Dirks was given a chance at significant playing time at the major league level. The 27-year-old outfielder took advantage of the opportunity, slashing .322/.370/.487 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 314 at-bats. If it not for an Achilles injury that forced him to miss two months of action in the middle of the season, Dirks would have been a bigger breakout story. The Achilles injury is a thing of the past, but Dirks' role with the Tigers in 2013 is still somewhat up in the air. He provides adequate defensive play in the corner-outfield spots and has no real holes in his game, but the Detroit brass still is not sold on Dirks being an everyday player. Assuming Detroit does not bring in a full-time left fielder via free agency or trade, the most likely scenario is the left-handed hitting Dirks taking over the better half of a platoon in left field. That could limit his value in shallow formats, but Dirks will still be an interesting player to consider for outfield depth in deeper leagues.
Dirks was a surprise addition to the Tigers' 2011 Opening Day lineup after a strong showing in spring training. The 26-year-old outfielder proved his worth by supplying the team with solid defense while hitting seven homers and swiping five bags in a part-time role. The bits of power and speed Dirks flashed last season were legitimate, as he totaled 15 homers and 22 steals while in the minors in 2010. He's not very selective with pitches and benefited from a high BABIP throughout the minors, but Dirks could see slight improvements on his .251 average with the Tigers last season. Overall, Dirks is a solid fourth or fifth outfielder at the major league level, which is the role he'll play for the Tigers in 2012.