The Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays have agreed on a trade that sends Colorado outfielder Corey Dickerson and minor leaguer Kevin Padlo to the Rays for lefty Jake McGee and minor leaguer German Marquez. This trade helps solve the problem in the Colorado outfield and gives the Rockies more bullpen depth. In return the Rays get a young slugging outfielder that has superstar potential.
In 2015 Dickerson hit .304 with 10 homeruns and 31 RBI in 65 games for the Rockies. The season prior Dickerson smashed 24 homeruns and batted .312 and his fielding is above average. Time will tell how the 26 year old handles not playing in hitter friendly Coors Field. Padlo on the other hand is a 19 year old third baseman who just finished his first full season in the minors. Padlo hit .257 with 11 homeruns and 53 RBI in 97 games in the minors in 2015.
In 2015 McGee went 1-2 2.41 ERA with 6 saves in 39 games for the Rays. Last season alone was not the reason the Rockies wanted McGee. In 2014 McGee went 5-2 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and 90 strikeouts in 73 games for the Rays. Also in six major league seasons McGee has a career 2.77 ERA in almost 300 appearances. McGee should be a great addition to the Rockies bullpen. The Rockies also received 20 year old German Marquez who went 7-13 3.56 ERA in 26 games (23 starts) in the minors in 2015. Marquez has a career ERA of 3.88 in his four minor league seasons, but appears to be improving.
This trade improves both teams, but Dickerson seems to have more potential than what the Rockies gave him credit for having. Dickerson could develop into a superstar outfielder and the Rockies will be upset that they only got Jake McGee and a minor leaguer out of it. Right now it’s a good deal, but time will tell just how smart this trade really was for the Rays.