Jarrod Dyson has carved out a solid career due to his speed and defensive ability. That skillset could work nicely for the Oakland A’s as a fourth outfielder.
Dyson did not exactly have a strong showing in 2020. In his 66 plate appearances between the Pirates and White Sox, he produced a .180/.231/.180 batting line with six steals. He was essentially a defensive replacement or a pinch runner for Chicago, a role that he had filled through much of his career.
With only 21 career homers, and just two seasons where he has hit more than two home runs, Dyson is not going to be a power threat. He can, however, still steal bases with regularity and provide solid defense at all three outfield positions, something that the A’s could use on their bench.
There is also the financial aspect. Dyson is going to be inexpensive to sign. He signed for just $2 million last year, and based on his struggles, could be looking at a minor league contract. As the A’s are facing financial limitations, he could fit perfectly into their budget.
Jarrod Dyson would not be an exciting signing. However, he would fill a void for the Oakland A’s.