Blue Jays to acquire Corey Dickerson in four-player deal with Marlins – .

Blue Jays to acquire Corey Dickerson in four-player deal with Marlins – .

The trade deadline is almost exactly a month away and the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t waiting to improve their roster for the extended haul. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Miami Marlins for infielder Joe Panik and a pitcher prospect, reported the Craig Mish du Miami Herald and Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

Neither the Blue Jays nor the Marlins announced the trade.

Dickerson, 32, is currently on the injured list with a foot contusion that looks more severe than a regular old bruise. Last week, manager Don Mattingly told reporters: including Mish, that Dickerson will be in a walking boot for three weeks and then be reassessed. Ideally, he’s back in two weeks, although he could be away for much longer.

In 62 injury games this year, Dickerson has a .260 / .321 / .377 batting line with two homers. He’s been a much better hitter throughout his career, however, creating a .292 / .329 / 0.484 batting line from 2018-2020, including .300 / .339 / .503 against righties these seasons. No team has received fewer home plate appearances from left-handed hitters this season than Toronto:

  1. Blue Jays de Toronto : 618
  2. Yankees de New York: 630
  3. Cardinals of Saint-Louis: 862
  4. Los Angeles Angels: 916
  5. Royals de Kansas City : 929

Once healthy, southpaw Dickerson will give the Blue Jays a little more balance in the lineup and another option in left field and DH, where Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Rowdy Tellez were disappointing. Toronto is the second-most scoring team in baseball (5.09 points per game) and they really need the pitching, although there’s nothing wrong with boosting their strength.

Cimber, 30, has an ERA of 2.88 and is one of baseball’s top exit speed suppressors. The Blue Jays paddock has really struggled the last few weeks and sub Cimber is expected to see plenty of head-to-head situations against AL East’s top right-handed batsmen like Xander Bogaerts, Aaron Judge, JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton the rest of the season.

Panik, 30, has settled into the role of a light utility fielder over the past few years and has been included in the trade as pay compensation foremost. He owes the remainder of his $ 1.85 million salary this year while Dickerson owes the remainder of his $ 8.5 million salary. Including Panik in the trade mitigates the financial blow to the Blue Jays.

Kaitlyn McGrath de The Athletic rapporte the prospect that goes to the Marlins is right-hander Andrew McInvale. The 24-year-old was a 37th round pick in 2019 and has a 2.55 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 24 2/3 relief innings split between High Class-A and Double-A this season. McInvale isn’t among Toronto’s top prospects, so the trade is mostly about compensating Dickerson’s salary.

The identity of the pitching prospect is currently unknown and is believed to be the key to trading for the Marlins. They offloaded a good chunk of Dickerson’s salary, although Panik has no real long-term value to the organization, so the prospect of throwing is the real gain. Considering Dickerson’s money and injury, this is unlikely to be a throwing prospect.

At 33-44, the Marlins sit last in the NL East and have lost 19 of their last 28 games. Dickerson’s trade is set to be the first of several “sellers” deals by the deadline, with first baseman Jesús Aguilar and in particular rental center outfielder Starling Marte standing out as trade candidates. Right-hangers Sandy Alcantara and Pablo López seem less likely to move.

The Blue Jays sit third in LA East and five games behind second in the wild card at 40-36. They do, however, have the seventh best points differential in the game (over-65), and the main reason they haven’t performed is their reliever box. Cimber will help with that, though it’s likely Toronto will have other moves to come before the July 30 deadline.


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