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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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