The Rays have traded Corey Dickerson to the Pirates for Daniel Hudson and Tristan Gray. The move comes after Dickerson was designated for assignment last weekend. The Pirates fill Andrew McCutchen’s outfield spot, while the Rays continue to add depth.
The Pirates really improved their outfield by adding Dickerson, who hit .282 with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. He’s projected to put up similar numbers in 2018, with a possible hit to his batting average. The Rays’ outfield has been in flux for a couple of weeks once they decided to trade everyone.
Dickerson will play in the Pirates’ outfield alongside Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. Adam Frazier moves to the bench. Frazier’s stock was on the rise after the Pirates stated he may lead off as their everyday center fielder. Not now.
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In Hudson, the Rays get an OK bullpen arm. Hudson’s performance has been subpar since moving to the bullpen following Tommy John surgery. Hudson posted a decent strikeout rate (9.6 K/9) last season, but a high walk rate (4.8 BB/9) and BABIP (.313) led to a 4.38 ERA, which matched his ERA estimators. He’s put up similar numbers the past few seasons. He’ll likely slot in near the bottom of the Rays’ bullpen.
The Rays also get Tristan Grey in the deal. Grey was the Pirates’ 13th round selection is the 2017 draft. He’s hit at all levels and plays all over the field. He didn’t make any major prospect lists and is a least a couple of years away from the majors.
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