Royals Rumors: Oakland Very Interested In Jarrod Dyson
By John Viril
The Royals are making major waves at the Winter Meetings. The latest rumors have the Oakland A’s pursuing a deal for fleet Kansas City centerfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Kansas City Royals 31-year-old outfielder Jarrod Dyson has been one of the best bench players in major league baseball the last four seasons. Dyson put up an outstanding 9.9 bWAR in part time play from 2013-16. Now, the Oakland A’s want him to patrol centerfield according to some veteran MLB writers:
Fellow center-fielder Lorenzo Cain has also been the subject of numerous rumors, with the Dodgers, Nationals, Rangers, and Pirates said to have an interest. Sources say the St. Louis Cardinals also want to acquire Dyson.
Both the Cardianls and Dodgers have also been rumored to be interested in a package deal including Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis. Such a trade would require a King’s ransom of talent given that the Cubs, Dodgers, and Nationals are reported to be in a bidding war over Davis alone.
Davis, Cain, and Dyson are in the last year of their contracts and stand to become free-agents after the 2017 season.
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I think it’s pretty obvious that the KC Royals will only trade one of Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. They need someone to play center next season. However, I suppose it’s possible that they could package one of their centerfielders in a Davis deal. Given the prices involved, I suspect a Dyson/Davis package is more likely. I doubt many teams have enough trade ammunition to pull off a deal for Cain/Davis package.
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After a mostly quiet winter, the Kansas City Royals find themselves at the center of numerous trade rumors in Washington D.C. It seems almost inevitable that general manager Dayton Moore will make some kind of move soon.