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Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: RAYS ACQUIRE 1B C.J. CRON FROM ANGELS, DFA COREY DICKERSON

In what can only be described as a shocker, the Tampa Bay Rays DFA's outfielder Corey Dickerson late Saturday after completing a trade with the Los Angeles Angels for first baseman C.J. Cron.  The Rays bought low on Cron who has hinted at above-average power/pure hitting ability the last few seasons with the Angels but who at the same time has never been able to put a complete season together.  Meanwhile, the Rays DFA Dickerson who hit 27 home runs, drove in 84 runs, and batted .282 for the team in 2017. 

Now as far as Cron is concerned, he hit 16 home runs in just 373 at-bats last season which was a terrific ratio but his .248 average left a lot to be desired.  Again, Cron has hinted at some very good ability with the bat and but he remains rough around the edges as shown by his high 25.7 K/9 and underwhelming 5.9 BB/9 ratios from a year ago.  Be that as it may, he will get consistent playing time for the first time in his career with the Rays this season and so 20 home runs is absolutely in play here for 2018 and thus some fantasy baseball sleeper value.

With regards to Dickerson, expect him to find a new home shortly and he remains a very solid OF 3 in terms of fantasy baseball given his proven 25-home run power and decent batting averages in the past.  If Dickeson can find a better hitting ballpark, his value will go up even more so.


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