BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates are adding another center fielder to their roster Because they have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with a ten-year veteran Jarrod Dyson.
This agreement is a postponement of the Dyson physical examination.
Dyson, 35, was a 50th-round draft pick who has a career .247/.319/.338 Slash Line, known for its high defenses and speed, and holds the World series Championship on its to-do list, He has stolen 30 bases or more five times including Arizona Diamondbacks last season.
A career highlight came when Dyson scored the go-ahead run for Kansas City Royals in the 12th inning of game 5 of the 2015 World Series, sparking a five-run rally for a 7-2 victory that clinched the championship. As a pinch-runner for Salvador Perez, Dyson stole second reached third on a ground out and scored on Christian Colon’s single to left field.
Dyson spent seven seasons with the Royals, one with the Seattle Mariners and the past two with the Diamondbacks. The 5-foot-10, 165- pounder slashed. 230/.313/.320 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs last season, when he started 91 games. He played all three outfield positions, 89 games in center, 20 in right and 15 in left, and appeared in 13 as a pinch hitter.
Dyson joins Guillermo Heredia and JT Riddle as free agents the Pirates have signed this off season in an attempt to replace Starling Marte in the center. Marte was traded to Arizona last month for a pair of 19-year-old prospects.