Are Rays eyeing Rockies' Corey Dickerson?
Are the Rays rekindling talks with the Rockies about OF Corey Dickerson?
We've reported before about the Rays interest in Dickerson, as well as Cubs INF Javier Baez and others.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Rockies may be most likely to trade Dickerson among their four left-handed hitting frontline outfielders, including Gerardo Parra (whom they just signed), Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon.
The Rockies are looking for pitching, so they could certainly match up with the Rays whether on a starter, such as Jake Odorizzi, or perhaps more likely on reliever Jake McGee.
Dickerson, 26, is coming off an injury shortened 2015 season in which he hit .304 with an .869 on-base plus slugging percentage in 65 games. He had an impressive 2014 season, hitting ,312 with a .931 OPS, 24 homers and 76 RBIs in 131 games.
If the Rays acquired Dickerson, it would add to their glut of outfielders, and could force him into a primary DH role and limit the at-bats for newly acquired Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce, who then might be limited to getting most of their time sharing first base. Or it could lead the Rays to make another move, such as trading Desmond Jennings.
Dickerson is affordable, as he won't be eligible for arbitration until next season and not for free agency until 2020.