ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s crowded outfield just wasn’t big enough for Corey Dickerson.
The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to acquire Dickerson from the Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.
Prospects also are involved in the deal.
Colorado had an abundance of left-handed hitting outfielders with the recent signing of Gerardo Parra. In the end, Dickerson – who is not yet eligible for salary arbitration – was deemed expendable over the likes of Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon.
The 26-year-old Dickerson hit .304 last year with 10 homers and 31 RBIs in 65 games. He was limited early in the season because of plantar fasciitis and then later due to broken ribs he sustained while diving for a ball.
He’s joining a team that also has a surplus of outfielders. Tampa Bay’s roster includes Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr. and Brandon Guyer. Barring some sort of move, someone will be headed to the role of designated hitter.
Dickerson played mostly left field while with Colorado, a spot where Jennings has been playing. Jennings has been slowed by injuries past two seasons.
McGee becomes another piece as the Rockies try to revamp their bullpen. He turned in his best season two years ago when he went 5-2, with a 1.89 ERA and 19 saves in 73 appearances. He started last season on disabled list after undergoing offseason elbow surgery. He went 1-2, 2.41 ERA and six saves in 39 appearances in 2015.
The 29-year-old agreed this month to a $4.8 million, one-year contract.
Colorado already brought in former closers to two-year contracts, guaranteeing Jason Motte $10 million and Chad Qualls $6 million. Right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino is expected back sometime around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
– By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer
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