6:10 p.m. ET: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies will also receive prospect right-hander German Marquez in the deal. Marquez, who turns 21 in February, posted a 3.56 ERA and 104/29 K/BB ratio over 139 innings (23 starts and three relief appearances) at High-A Charlotte last season. He’s not regarded as one of Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospects.
4:01 p.m. ET: Colorado has lessened its outfield logjam by trading Corey Dickerson to the Rays for reliever Jake McGee. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that there are also undisclosed minor leaguers involved in the swap.
When the Rockies surprisingly signed free agent Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $26 million deal it seemed inevitable that at least one of Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, or Carlos Gonzalez would be on the move. It ends up being Dickerson, who was limited to just 65 games last season with foot and rib injuries while hitting .304 with 10 homers and an .869 OPS.
At age 27 he’s still making the minimum salary and is under team control through 2019, although with a career OPS of 1.085 in Colorado compared to .695 on the road it’s unclear what type of hitter the Rays are actually getting. In his lone full, healthy season Dickerson hit .312 with 24 homers and a .931 OPS for the Rockies in 2014.
McGee has been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since debuting in 2010, logging a total of 260 innings with a 2.77 ERA and 319 strikeouts. However, he’s starting to get expensive via the arbitration process with a $4.8 million salary for 2016 and McGee will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
McGee is a fantastic, high-impact reliever, but it’s unclear why the rebuilding Rockies of all teams need an expensive 29-year-old reliever two seasons from free agency or why they signed the 29-year-old Parra to get that ball rolling.