The Colorado Rockies have agreed to trade Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for multiple pitchers, including Jake McGee.
Dickerson will turn 27 this season and was limited to just 65 games last year due to a foot injury. Tampa desperately needs some offensive weapons, as they ranked 6th worst in runs scored last season. Evan Longoria lead the team with 21 home runs, 73 RBI and 74 runs scored.
He should join Desmond Jennings and Kevin Kiermaier in the OF while Steven Souza spends most of his time at the DH. A career .299 hitter, Dickerson has hit .309 over 660 ABs in the last two years. He should have no trouble continuing to SLG over .500 at Tropicana and will get the short porch at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park as well as the hitter friendly parks in Baltimore and Toronto.
From a broader perspective, it’s not entirely clear how Dickerson will fit with the Rays’ roster. Tampa Bay already has a wealth of outfielders, with Desmond Jennings slotted into left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center field and Steven Souza in right field. With Brandon Guyer and Mikie Mahtook as possible reserve options and the yet-formally-announced newcomer Steve Pearce also carrying significant corner outfield experience, the Rays didn’t have a clear need for an outfield upgrade. Then again, positional depth is a trademark of the Rays, and the team is never shy about adding controllable young talent — especially in instances like this, where the cost of acquisition (at least at the big league level) is a player with just two years of club control remaining. - MLBTradeRumors
Brad Boxberger saved 41 games for Tampa last season, despite a 3.71 ERA.
Colorado added Gerardo Parra in free agency, opening up a path to trade an outfielder. In return, they will get back Mcgee, who should become their closer. The Rockies also added Jason Motte and Chad Qualls this offseason.
John Axford led the Rockies with 25 saves (4.20 ERA) after Adam Ottovino required Tommy John surgery.