Pirates trade Alex Dickerson to the Padres for Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas, DFA Garrett Jones

I have some work to do this afternoon so this is going to be short (I'll post more later), but a few really quick thoughts: 

  • Decker was a supplemental first round pick in 2008 and a Baseball America Top 100 prospect since then, but he's lost some luster since. He's still the same age as Dickerson, though, which is worth considering in a trade liket his.
  • Jones was absolutely, certainly going to be non-tendered this winter. He's a super-two, which means he's going into his third year of arbitration instead of his second, and he was going to make in the neighborhood of $6 million. For a guy that can't play defense and can only hit right-handed pitching sometimes, that's just way too much money. 
  • Yes, his name is Jaff. Not Jeff.

Dickerson hit pretty well with Altoona last year, but I do think it's important to note that he's a 23-year old first baseman that's never played above Double-A without any overwhelming tools. Essentially, he was an interesting guy to watch, but not really much more than a fringe prospect. 

I'll put together some more thoughts on this later today.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.