Jarrod Dyson is the second player acquired by the Mariners today
The Seattle Mariners have made their second trade of the day, acquiring outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Nathan Karns.
The 32-year-old Dyson is an outstanding defender with the ability to play all three outfield spots for the Mariners. Leonys Martin is the starter in centerfield, so it’s safe to assume Dyson will play in a platoon with either Ben Gamel or Mitch Haniger with the corner outfield spots.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto wanted to add pitching, speed, and defense to the team this offseason. It’s safe to say he’s checked a lot of those boxes with his moves this winter.
Dipoto talked about the Dyson acquisition:
“Jarrod brings us a winning pedigree, along with elite level defense and baserunning,” Dipoto said. “He joins players like Leonys Martin and Jean Segura in creating a disruptive element on the bases to our offensive game, while also enhancing our ability to prevent runs on defense.”
Dyson also had the following to say on his various social media accounts:
“I want to thank the whole entire #KansasCityRoyalsNationfor all the good memories and the love u guys have showed me over my years as being a royal!!! I can’t thank u guys enough #championforever”
“It’s was a blessing from above to be apart of such a class act organization#KcRoyals I really enjoyed every moment I spent as a royal!!!!
“I’m going to miss u guys #royalsfans I can’t think u enough for sticking with me threw the good and the bad!!!”
The 5-10, 165-pound outfielder played in 107 games for the Royals last year, hitting .278 with a .340 OBP, 1 home run and 25 RBIs.
He also stole 30 bases on the season.
Dyson is a testament to the underrated value of defense when evaluating a player. Despite hitting just one home run and batting under .280, his 3.1 WAR last year. was higher than power hitters Mark Trumbo (47 HR), Khris Davis (42), Clint Frazier (40) & Chris Davis (38).
Karns is a 29-year old right-handed starting pitcher who was 6-2 with a 5.15 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 94 1⁄3 innings in 2016.
Originally a 12th round pick of the Washington Nationals, Karns has shown the ability to miss bats as he’s struck out 270 hitters in his 265.1 major league innings, but he’s also shown a propensity to missing the strike zone, posting the 12th highest walk rate in Major League Baseball from 2015-2016.