Another big news day for the Tampa Bay Rays!
- Corey Dickerson, who was DFA’d by the Rays on Saturday, was traded to the Pirates. The Rays receive Daniel Hudson, Tristan Gray, and cash from Pittsburgh. The move by Tampa to DFA Dickerson was a bit of a surprise and a trade was assumed at some point. Dickerson will be the everyday left fielder for the Pirates and will likely hit in a prime spot with Andrew McCutchen no longer on the team. This move kills yesterday’s report involving Adam Frazier seeing more playing time in 2018.
- Rays pitching prospect, and a favorite of mine, Brent Honeywell was removed from a live batting practice session on Thursday and the worst is assumed. Honeywell threw 8-to-10 pitches before leaving the field with a trainer. We have since been updated on the injury with an initial diagnosis of a right forearm strain. Honeywell, who was likely to join the Rays rotation early into the year, may now miss the entire season. We will keep you updated, and hope for the best, but this is presumably a big blow to a promising young pitcher.
- The Rays signed veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year contract. Gomez, who hit .255 with 17 home runs and 13 steals over 105 games for the Rangers in 2017, will join an outfield currently consisting of Kevin Kiermaier, Denard Span, and Mallex Smith. The 32-year-old should see regular playing time as long as his health permits it. Gomez had averaged just 113 games over the past three seasons.
A few more quick hitters:
- Alex Wood will throw exclusively out of the stretch this season.
- Javier Baez may approach 600 plate appearances in 2018, according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
- The Cubs are also likely to use Ian Happ in a utility role while reducing the workload of Ben Zobrist.
- Indians catching prospect, Francisco Mejia, is likely to begin the year at AAA.
- White Sox starting pitcher, Carlos Rodon, could be out until June.