When a professional athlete signs with a new team, he often lights up when talking about what led him to join that organization. After signining with the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Jarrod Dyson offered a rather depressing explanation for landing in Pittsburgh.
Dyson spoke to reporters after signing a one-year deal with the Pirates and was quite open about the process. The 35-year-old didn’t have much else to choose from, so he took the only offer that was available.
Jarrod Dyson on why he signed with the Pirates: "Ain’t too much out there right now. You would love to explore, but at the same time, you have to take what you can, take the good with the bad and roll with it. Make the most of it."— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) February 13, 2020
It represents a major fall for a player who won a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals in 2015. Dyson played with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the past two seasons, finishing 2019 with a .230/.313/.320 slash line in 400 at-bats.
While Dyson struggles at the plate, he’s outstanding on the bases and offers excellent range in center field. He stole 30 bases last season in Arizona and is 250-of-294 on stolen base attempts in his career.
He could have been an excellent bench piece for MLB teams with their eyes on contending in 2020, especially with the new move to 26-man rosters.
Unfortunately, the interest was seemingly just never there, and he had to sign with one of the worst teams in baseball. Let’s hope Dyson can find a way to make the best of it. Perhaps he’ll even be traded to a contender during the season.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates where the first team in MLB history to field an all-minority lineup. They did so on September 1, 1971.