By: Daniel Satter
Today, the Rockies and Rays got back together to try and complete a deal and boy did they. These moves help out both teams in a major way. The Rays get a solid bat that they have been missing for a long time and the Rockies make their bullpen stronger than it was before.
The deal includes Corey Dickerson to the Rays along with a minor league infielder and the Rockies will acquire flamethrower Jake McGee, plus a minor league pitcher. This deal was reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Now, by trading McGee it weakens the Rays bullpen that struggled at most times in 2015. The Rays will need to get another establish southpaw like Matt Thornton, but they have Jonny Venters battling for a roster spot in spring training. The Rays save $4.8 mil by doing this deal.
Furthermore, Corey Dickerson will join a loaded Rays’ outfield. The outfield consists of Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza, Desmond Jennings, Mikie Mahtook, Steve Pearce, Brandon Guyer, Taylor Motter, and versatile Brad Miller, who is expected to battle for a full time job at shortstop.
In addition, Dickerson is only 26 years old and is not yet arbitration eligible and comes with four years of club control remaining. The new Ray missed most of the 2015 season as he dealt with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and down the road, a broken rib, but he will be ready for spring training. The left-handed hitter had a breakout 2014 campaign playing in 131 games by hitting 24 homers and driving in 76 RBIs with a slash line of .312/.364/.567,.931. Due to those massive injuries, he was only limited to 65 games in 2015, but dinged 10 long balls and picked up 31 RBIs with a slash line of .304/.333/.536/.869. He was set to have another big season.
In fact, Dickerson has crushed right-handed pitching at a .313/.358/.577 line in his time as a professional, but southpaws have given him a fair amount of problems, limiting him to a .246/.299/.377 clip. The only reason that I am nervous about this deal is that he played in Coors Field which helps a hitter. I want to know if he can really hit outside of Coors Field.
Finally, Dickerson is a liability in the outfield, but with that nagging foot problem, I wonder if it truly hurt his range. He will play in left field, but could be a designated hitter from time to time.
Rays Grade: A-