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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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