The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 2017 American League All-Star starting designated hitter on Thursday in return for pitcher Daniel Hudson, Minor League infielder Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.
Corey Dickerson had a career year in 2017, making the All-Star team (Dickerson started at DH for the AL All-Star team), and hitting a slash line of .282/.325/.490 with a 120 OPS+ (100 is league average). Dickerson also clubbed 27 home runs with a .241 batting average and a .282 on-base-percentage. Corey Dickerson put up a 2.8 WAR as well.
The Pittsburg Pirates are in the National League (where the DH is non-existent) and Corey Dickerson will resume an outfield role with the Bucs.
“Corey Dickerson adds a quality power threat to our lineup as evidenced by his 60-plus extra-base hits and 20-plus home runs each of the past two seasons,” Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Corey is a driven player who will also add a quality presence to our clubhouse.”
Corey Dickerson was a victim of the Tampa Bay Rays notorious penny-pinching ways and was designated for assignment to make room for the hardly less expensive C.J. Cron on their 40-man roster. The Rays have made a good deal of controversial moves as of late and Dickerson is just one of the sufferers.
The Pirates, who also made some questionable move at best this offseason, and are expected to be at the bottom of the NL Central after losing their ace in Gerrit Cole and the face of their franchise in centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates will give up pitcher Daniel Hudson, Minor League infielder Tristan Gray, and cash considerations as a result of this deal.
Daniel Hudson will enter the final year of his 2-year, $11 Million deal in 2018. In 2017, Hudson pitched in 71 games, striking out 66 batters, walking 33, and posting a 4.38 ERA in 61.2 innings.
Tristan Gray was a 13th round draft pick in last year’s draft. Gray is a middle infielder who will turn 22 this upcoming month. Last season, he played in the New York-Penn League. Gray played 53 games there and is a promising young prospect who will be playing in the Rays Minor League system in 2018.
The Rays will now receive an average relief pitcher, a promising young prospect, and cash considerations (something that they can not possibly get enough of). The Pirates will get a power hitting outfielder who will be a good role model for the younger players who will be playing on the likely appalling Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rays will now only be responsible for less than a fifth of Dickerson’s $5.95 Million (almost $1 Million). Simply put, this deal is two rebuilding teams making moves for their future, instead of now.