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UPDATE: Rays trade McGee to Rockies for Dickerson

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UPDATE, 8:31: The deal is now official. McGee and Marquez go to Colorado for Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo. Also, the Rays made official their one-year deal with Pearce, who gets $4.75-million.

UPDATE, 7:50: Just talked with McGee, who said he expected trade at some point but figured since not by now that he would've started season with Rays. Has been in organization since '04, said he will be "sad" to leave so many friends he made, mentioning teammates, coaches, training staff and bullpen catcher Scott Cursi.

McGee said it "was kind of crazy" to get the news and start processing all the changes for himself and his family. He did say he will be acclimated to environment of pitching in Colorado having grown up in Reno.

UPDATE, 7:10: Players are being notified, so the deal should be announced shortly.

UPDATE, 6:37: RHP German Marquez is the pitching prospect going to the Rockies, per Fox Sports. If so, that opens a spot on the 40-man roster for Steve Pearce, who agreed last week to a 1-year deal.

UPDATE, 5:55: While it is not clear what other pitcher is going from the Rockies to the Rays, the Times has learned it is not LH Blake Snell, who is Tampa Bay's top prospect.

UPDATE, 4:44: In trading McGee, Rays create a hole in their bullpen as they will now depend on Brad Boxberger as the sole closer and don't have an experienced eighth inning pitcher. Behind Boxberger, the bullpen has LHs Xavier Cedeno and Enny Romero, and RHs Alex Colome, Steve Geltz, Danny Farquhar and Andrew Bellatti. Starter RH Matt Andriese could also be a candidate, or even RH Erasmo Ramirez if the Rays want to promote LH starting prospect Blake Snell.

UPDATE, 4:30: There has been no announcement of the deal yet, but the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed the Rays are sending McGee to the Rockies for Dickerson, with two other players involved, both believed to be minor-leaguers.

Dickerson is 26, a lefty swinger and is coming off an injury shortened 2015 season in which he hit .304 with an .869 OPS.

He had an impressive 2014 season, hitting ,312 with a .931 OPS, 24 homers and 76 RBIs in 131 games.

In acquiring Dickerson, the Rays have added to their glut of outfielders, which 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.

Dickerson's offensive success has come primarily at expansive Coors Field, where he has a .355 career average with a .410 OBP and .675 slugging percentage for a 1.085 OPS. Away from Coors, he has hit .249 with a .286 OBP, a .410 SLG and just a .695 OPS. 

McGee, the subject of trade rumors all off-season, got a raise via an arbitration settlement to $4.8-million from the $3.55-million he earned in an injury shortened 2015 season, posting a 1-2, 2.41 record over 39 games, missing the first six weeks recovering from left elbow surgery and a month late in the season after left knee surgery.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are finalizing a deal to send LHP Jake McGee to the Rockies for OF Corey Dickerson. Other players are believed to be involved.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:32pm]

    

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