Why?: Corey Dickerson has gone under the radar as a significant offensive threat in the big leagues, and isn’t one of the really popular names getting thrown around as trade targets. He’s under 30, has had a top 10 wRC+ amongst all outfielders with 1000+ plate appearances since 2014. That’s good folks. Really good. He currently is third in the league in batting average, and leads the AL (over Altuve and Trout) in batting average. His power numbers may not translate, however he can clearly hit. He also can field. He has a 6.4 UZR in left field over the last two seasons (700+ innings). That second aspect has always been a big factor for the Giants.
Why Not?: The Rays might ask for too much, knowing his under the radar value to teams. Also, if they can get a good or similar deal, for a better outfielder, then they might pull the trigger. If they can get the same deal for Martinez, and then convince him to re-sign, then that’s not too bad of an option. But with the fact that Dickerson is controlled until 2020, this would be well worth it.
What he would cost: He’s not going to be cheap, but I think the rays might go for a combo of prospects like Joan Gregorio and Bryan Reynolds, plus a low tier prospect. Yes, people like Reynolds a lot. But he’s been pretty underwhelming to start his time with the Giants, especially for a college bat. Gregorio needs some work on control, but has an electric arm and has shown significant improvements in recent years. Jordan Johnson or Sam Coonrod would probably be good swap options if the Giants really wanted to hang on to Gregorio.
The Bottom Line: If the Giants could get a good deal for him, much like the deal they made for Matt Moore last season, Dickerson would be a HUGE get, and well worth it.