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Phillies hire Machado mentor Dickerson

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

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.

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 @Phillies: #Phillies have finalized their 2019 major league coaching staff. Bobby Dickerson has been hired as infield coach and Paco Figueroa has been named first base coach and will oversee outfield and baserunning. pic.twitter.com/Saxq8XqCZh

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.

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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