The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 1B C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later. Plus, they\’ve DFA\’d all-star OF Corey Dickerson.
Soooooooo….. This is surprising. Dickerson was the starting LF in the 2017 all-star game, and now he\’s being DFA\’d. Well, he did hit just .241 after the break, and was much better in the first half. The Rays are going to lose Logan Morrison, as he is a free agent, so they had a hole at 1st. Cron fills that hole. I don\’t really understand the Dickerson move, but I guess we\’ll find out eventually.
Dickerson, 28, had a .282 batting average, 27 homers and 62 RBIs in 629 Plate Appearances for the Rays in 2017. In his MLB career for the Rays and Colorado Rockies, Dickerson has a .280 batting average, 90 homers and 256 RBIs in 2102 Plate Appearances.
Cron, 28, had a .248 batting average, 16 homers and 56 RBIs in 373 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Angels, Cron has a batting average of .262, 59 homers and 213 RBIs in 1475 Plate Appearances.
For the Angels, they are now a step closer to opening a DH spot for DH/SP Shohei Otani. They will probably get a low-level prospect for him, but they open up a spot for their new star. It\’s not a horrible deal, looking at the trade market.