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The Rockies or Rays Who Won the Trade?

jake-mcgeeHere are the full details of the deal as confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal sends Corey Dickerson and prospect third baseman Kevin Padlo to Tampa Bay and in return the Rays sent left handed closer Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez back to Colorado.

What do we know about Marquez?

marquezGerman Marquez, who turns 21 in February, posted a 3.56 ERA and 104/29 K/BB ratio over 139 innings (23 starts and three relief appearances) at High-A Charlotte last season. He’s not regarded as one of Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospects.

What do we know about Padlo?

KelvinPladoHe is currently 19 years of age and was selected in the 5th round of the 2014 draft by Colorado. In 2014 he played Rookie Ball in the Pioneer League for for the Grand Junction Rockies. While there he hit .300 and had 48 hits and 44 RBI’s in 48 games. In 2015 he played for two Single A teams in the Rockies organization. The Asheville Tourists and the Boise Hawks. While there in a combined 97 games his average dropped to .257 but he got 87 hits and stole 35 bases.

Why did the Rockies make this trade?

Taking the two minor leagures out of the equation, when the Rockies surprisingly signed free agent Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $26 million deal it seemed inevitable that at least one of Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, or Carlos Gonzalez would be on the move. In the end the Rockies choose Dickerson. He was limited to just 65 games last season with foot and rib injuries, yet he still hit .304 with 10 homers and an .869 OPS.

McGee has been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball since debuting in 2010, logging a total of 260 innings with a 2.77 ERA and 319 strikeouts.

Why Did the Rays Make This Trade?

At age 27 Dickerson is still making the minimum salary and is under team control through 2019. Although with a career OPS of 1.085 in Colorado compared to .695 on the road it’s unclear what type of hitter the Rays are actually getting. In his lone full, healthy season Dickerson hit .312 with 24 homers and a .931 OPS for the Rockies in 2014.Brad+Boxberger+19XE5jwJwSDm

The Rays traded from a strength. Just like the Rockies had a crowded outfield, the Rays have essentially two closers. Brad Boxberger will now be the full time, no questions asked closer in Tampa. Last year, the also 27 year old appeared in 69 games with 41 saves and a 4-10 overall record. The former #1 pick of the Cincinnati Reds had an ERA of 3.71 and in 63 innings he struck out 74 batters.

McGee is two years older, plus he’s starting to get expensive via the arbitration process with a $4.8 million salary for 2016.  Not to mention the fact that McGee will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

Why I am a little confused about this Deal

McGee is a fantastic, high-impact reliever, but it’s unclear why the rebuilding Rockies of all teams need an expensive 29-year-old reliever two seasons from free agency or why they signed the 29-year-old Parra to get that ball rolling.

The Rays got a player who is younger, cheaper and under team control for alonger period of time as well. They won this trade hands down.

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