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Source: Phils hire Machado mentor Dickerson

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies found a new infield coach, and he has strong ties to Manny Machado.

A source on Friday morning confirmed a MASN report that the Phillies have hired former Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson to replace former first-base coach Jose David Flores, who joined Baltimore's staff.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies found a new infield coach, and he has strong ties to Manny Machado.

A source on Friday morning confirmed a MASN report that the Phillies have hired former Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson to replace former first-base coach Jose David Flores, who joined Baltimore's staff.

Tweet from @ToddZolecki: Source confirms @masnRoch report that #Phillies have hired former O's coach Bobby Dickerson to be new infield coach. Dickerson goes back a long way with Manny Machado.

Dickerson has been a longtime mentor to Machado, whom the Phillies want to sign to a multiyear contract. Machado visited the Phils late last month at Citizens Bank Park. They have made an official offer and reportedly will make a follow-up offer soon.

The Phillies received glowing reviews about Dickerson from many who have worked with him. Certainly Machado would like to have Dickerson in Philly, but the Phils know that this is not something that will sway Machado.

The money has to be right.

The Phillies will meet Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras on Saturday in Las Vegas. The traveling party will include at least managing partner John Middleton, president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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