Blue Jays Claim Veteran Outfielder Jarrod Dyson off Waivers

Friday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays made a roster move as they acquired veteran outfielder Jarrod Dyson off of waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Dyson rejoined the Kansas City Royals this past offseason when he signed with the club in early March on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.  The now 37-year old had spent his first seven seasons with the Royals from 2010-2016.  In 132 plate appearances this season he posted a slash line of .221/.256/.311 and was 8 for 11 in stolen base attempts.

Dyson has spent the majority of his time in the big leagues as a fourth outfielder and since leaving Kansas City in 2016 he has floated around the league, stopping in Seattle, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Chicago (White Sox).  Just two seasons ago, Dyson recorded 30 stolen bases for the fifth time in his career.

Friday afternoon the Toronto Blue Jays added some veteran outfield depth by claiming Jarrod Dyson off of waivers from the Kansas City Royals

The club has not announced a coinciding roster move, but the likely candidate would be Josh Palacios.  The rookie outfielder was recalled earlier this week but has only received four plate appearances, all of which he has struck out.    Throughout the year he has had two stints with the Blue Jays and has gone 7 for 32 (.219) with no extra-base hits.

With Dyson joining the club, my worry is George Springer may be out longer than some speculated earlier this past week.  There were some reports earlier this week that he may return sometime this weekend but that may not be the case (although I hope it is).  If Springer was to be healthy enough to join the line-up, I would have imagined the Blue Jays would have just kept Palacios with the club, but if he is out longer they will need someone more dependable.

The Blue Jays will now turn their focus on the Detroit Tigers who they take on Friday night as Steven Matz will take on Matt Manning in the opener Friday night.