By now, you have probably heard that Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that the Pirates have made Jose Tabata available to be traded.
Trading Tabata would leave Travis Snider as the only candidate on the 40-man roster to be the team’s starting rightfielder. Snider is having a good spring training – .872 OPS – but it’s Spring Training! And Snider has not exactly inspired confidence with his hitting since arriving in Pittsburgh in 2012.
Also, I don’t think that “shopping” Jose Tabata means that Gregory Polanco has any chance at all of being on the Pirates Opening Day Roster. Nor should he. He ‘s had 9 plate appearances at AAA. Andrew McCutchen had over 800 before being promoted to the Pirates.
Dickerson is a 6’4, 230 pound, 32-year-old outfielder with a career batting line of.262/.339/.406 — .745 OPS. He apparently has good speed for a big man. He has 32 stolen bases in 708 career plate appearances and he is also an excellent fielder. His career UZR/150 is 19.2 run above average and Baseball Info Solutions rates him at 14.2 defensive runs saved per year.
As I indicated above, I don’t put much stock in spring training numbers, but for those who may be interested, Dickerson’s spring batting line is .375/.464/.458 — .923 OPS.
I like Jose Tabata. I’m projecting that he will hit for a .773 OPS. But if the Pirates can get a return for him that would make them a better team than they are with him, then, by all means, they should make the deal. As they should with any player.