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Trading James Loney would allow the Rays to use Corey Dickerson as their primary DH.

Trading Loney is at the top of Tampa Bay's to-do list, though his $8 million salary could make that difficult. If the Rays are able to deal Loney, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce would form a platoon at first base with Dickerson at DH and Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza occupying the three outfield spots. Dickerson has already said he's open to DHing.
Feb 6 - 10:52 PM

The White Sox and Cubs have spoken with the Rays about acquiring a starting pitcher.

Jake Odorizzi has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. The White Sox and Cubs have also checked in on Desmond Jennings, who could be available now that Corey Dickerson has been added to what should be a crowded Rays' outfield. Odorizzi is a native of southern Illinois. The right-hander is under team control through 2019.
Source: CBS Chicago
Feb 6 - 6:37 PM

Drew Smyly won his arbitration case against the Rays and will make $3.75 million in 2016.

Tampa Bay countered at $3.2 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and then lost the panel's ruling after a Wednesday hearing in Phoenix, Arizona. Smyly missed a large chunk of time in 2015 to a labrum tear in his shoulder, but he registered an impressive 3.11 ERA and 10.4 K/9 in 12 starts when healthy. The 26-year-old left-hander boasts a 2.52 ERA in 19 starts since joining the Rays in mid-2014.
Feb 4 - 1:29 PM

Drew Smyly had his arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

A ruling is expected to come on Thursday. Smyly asked for $3.75 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in January while the Rays offered $3.2 million. The left-hander earned $2.65 million in 2015, so either way he's getting a raise. Smyly pitched well last season (3.11 ERA, 10.4 K/9), though shoulder issues limited him to just 12 starts.
Feb 3 - 9:29 PM

Rays signed RHP Adam Reifer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 29-year-old pitched well in Mexico last season, compiling a stellar 1.33 ERA across 41 outings for the Yucatan Lions. An 11th-round pick of St. Louis in 2007, Reifer is unlikely to crack the Rays' big-league roster.
Feb 3 - 5:21 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests the Rays could look to trade Desmond Jennings or Brandon Guyer.

The Rays have a logjam in the outfield now that Corey Dickerson has been added to the mix. Jennings' stock is at an all-time low after an injury-plagued 2015 season and the Rays would probably be better off letting him rebuild his value instead of trading him now for pennies on the dollar. Dickerson is known to be a defensive liability and could spend a fair amount of time at DH this season. That would alleviate some of the playing time concerns that exist in Tampa Bay's crowded outfield.
Jan 30 - 10:46 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times considers Alex Colome the favorite to pitch the eighth inning now that the Rays have traded Jake McGee.

Colome was a starter at the beginning of last year but was more successful after the Rays moved him to the bullpen. Xavier Cedeno is also a candidate to pitch the eighth inning, though he might be better utilized as a left-handed specialist. Closer Brad Boxberger will be the Rays' last line of defense in the ninth inning.
Jan 30 - 10:33 PM

Rays acquired 3B Kevin Padlo and OF Corey Dickerson from the Rockies for LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez.

Since turning pro, Padlo has batted .271/.388/.494 with 19 homers and 41 stolen bases in 145 games. The Rockies don't have a shortage of infield prospects in the system, but the inclusion of Padlo is still surprising given the return.
Jan 28 - 9:17 PM

Rays signed OF Steve Pearce to a one-year, $4.75 million contract.

The Rays waited to make the deal official until after they cleared a 40-man roster spot for Pearce, which was accomplished with Thursday's trade for Corey Dickerson. In Pearce, the Rays get a guy who has hit 36 homers 194 games over the past two seasons. Pearce will likely split time between a corner outfield spot and the designated hitter role for the Rays in 2016.
Jan 28 - 9:00 PM

Rays acquired OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo from the Rockies for LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez.

Dickerson is the biggest name involved in the deal, and he'll immediately add pop to the middle of the Rays' order. The 26-year-old batted .299/.345/.534 in parts of three seasons with the Rockies. He's also under team control until 2019, an added bonus for the cost-conscious Rays.
Jan 28 - 8:40 PM

Rockies minor league infielder Kevin Padlo is going to the Rays in the Corey Dickerson trade, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Padlo, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, isn't necessarily a throwaway piece after hitting .257/.372/.447 with 11 homers and 35 stolen bases in the low minors this past season. Still just 19 years old, he'll have plenty of time to develop in the Rays sytem.
Jan 28 - 8:07 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Rays have acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rockies.

According to Rosenthal, the Rockies are getting "multiple pitchers" while suggesting another team could be involved. Dickerson has been on the trading block since the Rockies signed Gerardo Parra to a three-year contract last week. He's a .299 lifetime hitter, though his stats are largely skewed from playing half his games at Coors Field. Dickerson will join an outfield that includes Desmond Jennings and Kevin Kiermaier.
Jan 28 - 3:46 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggests the Rockies could move Corey Dickerson or Carlos Gonzalez to first base.

The team has too many outfielders right now and moving one of them to first base seems like a pretty obvious solution. Of course, Dickerson and Gonzalez have never played that position at the major league level. As previously speculated, Rosenthal confirms the Rockies are more likely to trade Dickerson than CarGo. Meanwhile Ben Paulsen and Mark Reynolds are expected to platoon at first base.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 28 - 9:31 AM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post was told by a major league source that rumors connecting Corey Dickerson to the Rays should be taken "with a decent-sized grain of salt."

The Rockies have been shopping their outfielders and a trade feels inevitable after the recent addition of Gerardo Parra, but there's nothing to suggest that a deal is close with the Rays. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times speculated Tuesday that a deal would likely involve reliever Jake McGee, but that would seem to be an underwhelming return for Dickerson, even coming off an injury-plagued 2015. Acquiring one of their starting pitchers might be the better way to go. Stay tuned.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 27 - 2:43 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that some in the game "sense" that Corey Dickerson will be the outfielder the Rockies trade.

Like Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rosenthal hears that the Rays are involved. The Rockies have also been shopping Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon this winter and a trade appears inevitable after the recent addition of Gerardo Parra. This could be a smart time for the Rays to buy on Dickerson, who has big-time ability but was limited to just 64 games last season due to injury. He's under team control through 2019, so while Rosenthal hears that he'll require less of a return than Dickerson, he's still a very valuable piece. The Rays have the pitching -- both among starters and relievers -- to get a deal done. This is a match worth watching.
Jan 26 - 10:58 AM


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