According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the St. Louis Cardinals are interested in Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
With Matt Holliday now a member of the New York Yankees and Brandon Moss a free agent, the Cardinals have a pressing need for an outfielder, particularly one with sound defensive capabilities and the ability to hit at the top of the batting order, thus the Cardinals’ link to free agency center-fielder Dexter Fowler since the offseason commenced.
On the otherhand, Dyson could meet the Cardinals’ objectives and also allow them to stay in a very healthy financial state. Dyson, a 50th-round pick of the Royals in the 2006 First Year Player Draft, has never played in more than 120 games in any of his seven seasons, but he has, nonetheless, performed respectably in his playing time, though it was limited.
Across 107 games as a Royal in 2016, Dyson slashed .278/.340/.388 with 23 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases in 37 chances, accounting for a success rate of over 81 percent. Dyson has robbed a double-digit total of bases in six of his seven big-league seasons and has achieved the 30-steal plateau in four of those six seasons.
In addition to Dyson, the Cardinals have reportedly "kept tabs" on Lorenzo Cain, also of the Royals, and Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox. Acquiring an outfielder via trade would likely require St. Louis to tap into its farm system, one that’s loaded with several options beyond Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, and Harrison Bader, who the Cardinals would like to refrain from parting ways with.null