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Pirates Land Outfielder Corey Dickerson From Rays In Three-Player Swap

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a Thursday trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving right-hander Daniel Hudson and second baseman Tristan Gray in return.

According to MLB.com’s Adam Berry per a source, Tampa Bay also received $1 million.

Dickerson, 28, was an All-Star for the first time this past season, hitting .282/.325/.490 with 27 homers (career-high) and 62 RBIs in his second season with the Rays.

“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 last two seasons,” said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. “Corey is a driven player who will also add a quality presence to our clubhouse.”

In five Major League seasons for the Colorado Rockies (2013-15) and Rays, Dickerson’s a .280/.325/.504 hitter. His best season came in 2014, as he hit .312/.364/.567 with 24 homers and a career-high 76 RBIs.

Dickerson, who was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Saturday, will be Pittsburgh’s left fielder. He joins an outfield that that includes Starling Marte in center, and Gregory Polanco in right.

Hudson, 30, is a veteran pitcher who’s pitched for three teams in eight seasons since 2009 (missed 2013). After a breakout 2011 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he went 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 33 starts, injuries prevented him from seeing the same type of success as a starter. For the last three seasons, he’s been a primary reliever, appearing in 194 games out of the bullpen (made one start in that span, coming in 2015).

This past season for the Pirates, his lone one with the team, Hudson went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 71 games. This followed a 2016 campaign with Arizona in which he went 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA.

Certainly, this is a gamble for the Rays. Hudson has an injury history, and has been mediocre to say the least the last two years pitching in the National League. Now, he’s in the American League where there’s a designated hitter, and pitching in the East, which promises to be a very tough division. We’ll see how this works out for Tampa Bay.

Gray, 21, was a 13th-round pick by Pittsburgh in last year’s draft. He immediately got some professional experience under his belt, hitting .269/.329/.486 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 208 at-bats for the West Virginia Black Bears of the New York-Penn League.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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