Kansas City Royals Rumors: What’s next on the market?
By Colby Wilson
Jarrod Dyson, OF, Seattle
Well hello, old friend.
You remember Jarrod Dyson. Super-fast, light-hitting, slick-fielding outfielder.
Nothing’s changed except his address. Let’s change it back.
The Mariners are treading water—again—and have no reason to hang onto Dyson aside from betting on the future potential of the young pup.
Wait, he’ll be 33-years old in less than a month. That’s absolutely untrue.
Dyson’s problem this season has been his batted-ball profile. As a guy who is supposed to make things happen with his feet, Dyson has seen his line-drive rate dip (to 19 percent, lowest since 2014) and his fly ball rate spike to an alarming 34.4 percent—easily the highest mark of his career and an alarmingly high number for a non-power guy. Salvador Perez can have a fly ball rate near 50 percent. I’m not looking for Salvador Perez to go beating people with his feet.
Guillermo Heredia has been splitting time with Dyson for much of the season, and Jean Segura has largely taken his spot as a leadoff hitter. He’s got little to offer the Mariners, while a (suddenly) pitching-flush Kansas City Royals squad could deal off a surplus arm to help shore up the Mariners bullpen. I believe this is what they call a win-win.