The first domino has fallen for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the 2020 trade deadline as center fielder Jarrod Dyson has been traded to the Chicago White Sox
Leading up to Monday’s MLB trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to be one of the more active teams on the trade market. This is due to the Bucs being one of the few true sellers in baseball. Friday morning, the first domino fell.
Center fielder Jarrod Dyson has been traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox. Dyson was singed to a 1-year deal in February to man center field for the Bucs. From the time he was signed, it was believed he would be used as a trade chip at the trade deadline.
In 21 games this season Dyson owns a .157/.218/.157 slash line across 55 plate appearances. He has struck out 18.2% of the time, while drawing walks a 7.3% rate. His wRC+ is just 7, and his OPS+ is a woeful 6.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be receiving international bonus pool money in return for Dyson.
The fact that Ben Cherington was able to get anything at all in return for Dyson is a feat. Between his offensive struggles and the fact he comes with just one month of team control, Dyson’s trade value was very low. So, Cherington deserves a lot of credit for being able to net something as valuable as international pool money for Dyson. The more money the Pirates have to spend in international free agency the better.
A trade of Dyson appeared to be in the works yesterday. Not only did Cole Tucker start both games of the double header in center field, the Pirates also claimed Anthony Alford off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Moving forward, it would appear that Tucker will become the team’s primary center fielder. Look for Alford to take Dyson’s spot on the active roster and to become the team’s new fourth outfielder.
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