Rays Swap Jake McGee for Rockies Corey Dickerson, Prospects Involved

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a trade to acquire outfielder Corey Dickerson and a prospect from the Colorado Rockies, for lefty reliever Jake McGee and a Rays prospect.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved.

Rosenthal tweets that the Rockies will be sending McGee and a minor league pitcher to the Rockies in exchange for Dickerson and a different minor league pitcher.

The 29-year-old McGee posted a 2.41 ERA with an exceptional 32.9 strikeout rate last season. The Rays will shed McGee’s $4.8 million salary in the deal.

Dickerson hit .304/.333/.536 last season that was limited to 65 games due to injuries. The signing of Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $27.5 million deal earlier this month left the Rockies with a surplus of lefty-handed hitting outfielders. Dickerson is under team control until 2020, a factor in the Rays way of building a team.

He hit .328, with 21 of his 24 home runs off righties during his 2014 breakout, and hit .315 with all 10 of his home runs coming off righties in 2015, but clearly benefited from playing in Coors Field.

Over his career, Dickerson has hit an exceptional .355 at home and a pedestrian .249 on the road.

The Rays already have several names in a now crowded outfield, including Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center field, and Steven Souza Jr. in right field, with Steve Pearce working into the mix so another trade could very well follow, with Jennings the most likely to be moved.

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