The Tampa Bay Rays made the shocking decision to waive All-Star Corey Dickerson, and these five teams should be lining up to add him to their roster.
Out of nowhere, the Tampa Bay Rays DFAed All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson on Saturday night. The move was made to add first baseman C.J. Cron to the roster, but was also likely an effort to cut costs. Cron is owed only $2.3 million in 2018 compared to Dickerson’s $5.95 million. With both players profiling similarly offensively, who can blame the Rays for trying to shave a few million from their payroll?
Dickerson was acquired from the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2016 season, and was able to prove that he is capable of producing outside of Coors Field. He hit .312/.355/.548 in the first half with 24 doubles and 17 home runs to make his first All-Star Game. Things unraveled quickly in the second half for the 28-year-old, but he still managed to compile a .282/.325/.490 line for the full year with 27 home runs and 62 RBI in 150 games.
As an overall player, Dickerson does have his fair share of flaws. He does not walk much and has a weak arm in the outfield. However, he is still cheap and young enough to have value to plenty of MLB teams. The Rays still have some time to try and find a partner to try and make a trade, but it’s more likely that Dickerson will pass through waivers and become a free agent. If that does happen, these five teams should be ready to jump all over him.
5. Detroit Tigers
As they enter their first year of full-on rebuilding, the Detroit Tigers figure to roll out one of the worst outfields in recent MLB history. This is a team that went 13-41 over the final two months of 2017 after management finally decided to pull the plug on an aging roster that was going nowhere fast. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are going downhill quickly and Jose Iglesias has not been the same player at the plate since missing all of 2014 due to injury. The Tigers are going to have a very hard time scoring runs in 2018 if they do not try to bolster their lineup before Opening Day.
The Tigers need to lose for several years to build up enough talent in their farm system, but the one area of their roster that has some respectable talent is the starting rotation. It would be nice for the likes of Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Matthew Boyd to be able to pitch with a lead every once in a while. Adding a power bat like Corey Dickerson now gives the team another solid hitter who can help keep things reasonably competitive before being flipped at the deadline for a nice prospect or two.