Rays complete four-player trade with Rockies; sign Pearce to one-year contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson and minor league third baseman Kevin Padlo from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Jake McGee and right-handed pitcher German Marquez. In addition, the Rays agreed to a one-year contract with free agent first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce.

Dickerson, 26, is a career .299/.345/.534 (255-for-854) hitter over parts of three major league seasons. Since 2013, his .299 avg. ranks seventh among major league outfielders (min. 800 plate appearances) and his .534 slugging percentage ranks fourth, tied with Bryce Harper and trailing Mike Trout (.569), Giancarlo Stanton (.541) and Nelson Cruz (.535). Over the last 10 years (since 2006), only three other outfielders have matched his .534 SLG over their first three seasons (min. 800 PA): Trout (.544, 2011-13), Stanton (.553, 2010-12) and Ryan Braun (.574, 2007-09).

Dickerson hit .304/.333/.536 (68-for-224) with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 2015, but was limited to 65 games due to three stints on the disabled list: the first two due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot; the third due to broken ribs sustained after diving for a fly ball. In 2014, he hit .312/.364/.567 (136-for-436), leading the Rockies in home runs (24) and extra-base hits (57) while ranking second in RBI (76). Among National League players with as many plate appearances, he ranked first in slugging percentage, fourth in batting average and fourth in on-base plus slugging (.931). He was also named the winner of the MLB Alumni Association's Rockies Heart and Hustle Award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Padlo, 19, split his first full professional season between Class-A Asheville and Short-A Boise. He earned Northwest League midseason and postseason All-Star honors, ranking among league leaders in batting average (.294, fifth), home runs (9, tied for third), RBI (46, second), stolen bases (33, second), hits (75, tied for third), doubles (22, first), extra-base hits (33, first), on-base percentage (.404, third) and slugging percentage (.502, first). Following the season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 10 prospect in the Northwest League. He was selected by the Rockies in the fifth round of the 2014 June Draft.

McGee, 29, holds a 2.77 ERA (259.2-IP, 80-ER) over parts of six seasons in the majors, all with the Rays. Last season, he posted a 2.41 ERA (37.1-IP, 10-ER) with a .197 opponents' average and 48 strikeouts despite being limited to 39 appearances due to a pair of injuries. McGee made a club-record 297 appearances in a Rays uniform, passing Joel Peralta (296) with his final appearance last season. Among current Rays, only Evan Longoria has more service time with the team. He ranks first all-time among Rays relief pitchers in strikeouts (319) and wins (21, tied). McGee was selected by the Rays in the fifth round of the 2004 June Draft.

Marquez, 20, was added to the 40-man roster after spending the 2015 season with Class-A Charlotte. He went 7-13 with a 3.56 ERA (139-IP, 55-ER) and led the Stone Crabs in starts (23), innings pitched and strikeouts (104). He is 14-27 with a 3.88 ERA over four minor league seasons. He was signed by the Rays as a free agent in 2011 out of Venezuela.

Pearce, 32, is a nine-year major league veteran and a career .247/.325/.431 (340-for-1,375) hitter with 53 home runs and 180 RBI. He has spent his last three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles organization, batting .258/.339/.482 (194-for-751) over that span with 40 homers-36 of which have come over the last two years. He hit .218/.289/.422 (64-for-294) with 15 homers and 40 RBI in 2015, when he was limited to 92 games due in part to a left oblique strain. In 2014, his .293 batting average led the Orioles and his .556 SLG ranked fourth in the AL (min. 100 games).

Pearce was born in Lakeland, Fla., and attended Lakeland Senior High School. He will become the first Lakeland product to play for the Rays and the 12th Tampa Bay-area native to do so, most recently outfielder Matt Joyce from 2009-14. Pearce is a lifetime .288/.395/.644 (21-for-73) hitter with seven home runs in 23 games (21 starts) at Tropicana Field. Among all players with as many at-bats at Tropicana Field, only Travis Hafner has a higher slugging percentage (.648). Over the last two seasons, he leads all visiting players at Tropicana Field with seven home runs-ahead of New York's Alex Rodriguez (5) and Boston's David Ortiz (5)-as well as a .414 on-base percentage and .737 slugging percentage (min. 50 AB). His Tropicana Field highlights include home runs in back-to-back games to open the 2015 season, his first career start at second base on May 1, 2015 and his 50th career home run-part of a multi-homer game on September 18, 2015.

Pearce has major league experience at first base (172 games, 150 starts), left field (115 games, 92 starts), right field (91 games, 71 starts), second base (18 games, 13 starts) and third base (10 games, 7 starts). He is a career .262/.343/.481 (137-for-522) hitter vs. left-handed pitching, including a major-league-leading .704 SLG vs. LHP in 2014 (min. 100 PA) and a 1.109 on-base plus slugging that ranked second to Detroit's Victor Martinez (1.123). Pearce was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth round of the 2005 June Draft, and has played in the majors for the Pirates (2007-11), Orioles (2012, 2013-15), Houston Astros (2012) and New York Yankees (2012).