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Rays trade for yet another outfielder in Corey Dickerson

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The crowded outfield of the Tampa Bay Rays got a little more packed Thursday afternoon when the team traded for Colorado outfielder Corey Dickerson.

It added one more bat – a promising one, judging by Dickerson’s production so far in his young career – to an outfield that already has promise.

There is Kevin Kiermaier, the reigning gold-glove center fielder.

And Steven Souza Jr., who showed promise although he didn’t hit for much average.

There is Desmond Jennings, who was injured much of last year.

There is Mikie Mahtook, who finished the season strongly.

There is Steve Pearce, signed just last week.

There is Brandon Guyer, who had a nice enough season off the bench last year.

And, of course, there is Dickerson.

The Rays gave up two arms to get him and minor league third baseman Kevin Padlo, including lefty reliever Jake McGee. The other one is prospect German Marquez.

It all makes you wonder if the Rays have another move in them. Jennings, perhaps? James Loney?

There are 22 days left until spring training.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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