The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays, the teams announced Thursday. Heading to Tampa Bay in the deal are reliever Daniel Hudson and minor league infielder Tristan Gray.
Dickerson, who hit a career-high 27 home runs a year ago, had been designated for assignment on Saturday after the Rays acquired C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels. The move was a jolt to the baseball world, which finally realized how serious Tampa Bay was about cutting payroll. Soon after designating Dickerson, Rays rotation stalwart Jake Odorizzi was shipped to the Minnesota Twins for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios.
Hudson, a two-time Tommy John patient, has reinvented himself as a late-inning reliever after spending the first four seasons of his career as a starter. The 31-year-old will serve as a bridge to Alex Colome, while the Pirates are expected to pick up at least part of the $5.5 million he’s owed in the final season of his contract.
In Tristan Gray, a former unsigned Mets pick in 2o14, the Rays are acquiring a lanky infielder who posted a .269/.329/.486 line in his debut at the short-season level. The Rice Owl was the Pirates’ 13th-round selection in last June’s draft.
Speaking on MLB Network Thursday, minutes before the trade was announced, Rays VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom was confident in saying that Tampa Bay was done dealing prior to the start of the 2018 season. They are expected to enter the year with Chris Archer, Colome, and Kevin Kiermaier on their roster.