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Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals | AZ Central

SAN FRANCISCO – In acquiring Jon Jay in a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen believes he filled a short-term need in the outfield at a time when his club needs it most.

“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”

The D-Backs send minor league prospects Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Royals.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 07, 2018 at 09:31 AM (#5687585)
AJ Pollock and Steven Souza are out, and as a result the D'Backs have been giving far more playing time to Jarrod Dyson than is warranted by his skills. This is exactly the type of deal a team in that position should make.

-- MWE
   2. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: June 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5687607)
Luciano was listed as Arizona’s 25th best prospect. Teenage starting pitcher.

Speier looks like just a body. AA reliever. If everything breaks right he might turn into Brian Flynn.
   3. shoewizard Posted: June 07, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5687694)
Mike, in the short term, the biggest loser of playing time in this deal is Chris Owings, not Dyson.

   4. Nasty Nate Posted: June 07, 2018 at 11:26 AM (#5687707)
I noticed Paul Goldschmidt has been heating up. In late May, he bottomed out at .198/.320/.355, but in the last 2 weeks he's been hitting at around .364/.429/.659
   5. Zach Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5687824)
Jarrod Dyson will be your favorite player if you use him as a pinch runner and defensive specialist who won't embarrass himself if he gets one or even two at bats in a game. He's miscast as a starter.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:22 PM (#5687834)
Jarrod Dyson will be your favorite player if you use him as a pinch runner and defensive specialist who won't embarrass himself if he gets one or even two at bats in a game. He's miscast as a starter.

One of the saddest things about the reliever roster explosion is that it pushes these kind of players out of baseball. Or, into starting roles where they suck.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5687840)
Jarrod Dyson will be your favorite player if you use him as a pinch runner and defensive specialist who won't embarrass himself if he gets one or even two at bats in a game. He's miscast as a starter.

I think he's usually even better than that - he's a terrific 4th outfielder and can start many games.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:31 PM (#5687843)
I think he's usually even better than that - he's a terrific 4th outfielder and can start many games.

He can start against lefties. He's got a pretty big career split. 90 wRC+ ve LHP, 60 vs RHP.
   9. geonose Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:47 PM (#5687859)
He can start against lefties.

I think you have that backwards. He's a left-handed batter who can't hit a lefty to save his life. Look at the splits again.

Season Handedness BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+
Total vs L as L 8.9 % 17.6 % 0.51 .219 .301 .271 .572 .052 .272 27 -16.4 .261 60
Total vs R as L 8.2 % 15.6 % 0.52 .262 .328 .365 .693 .103 .308 182 -14.8 .305 90
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 07, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5687863)

I think you have that backwards. He's a left-handed batter who can't hit a lefty to save his life. Look at the splits again.


My bad. Read it wrong.
   11. Zach Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5687926)
I think he's usually even better than that - he's a terrific 4th outfielder and can start many games.

That's what I'm trying to say. He hits just well enough to where you don't mind him getting any particular at bat. That lets you use him as a pinch runner or a defensive replacement without pulling him immediately afterward, which is really valuable. You can even start him in place of your regular guy without creating a lineup hole. But if you start him regularly, he'll accumulate too many at bats. Instead of a great 4th outfielder, you've just got a substandard starter.
   12. bookbook Posted: June 07, 2018 at 04:08 PM (#5687931)
He adds enough on defense that he can produce as the long side of a platoon. The Ms have had bigger line up holes every year forever.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: June 07, 2018 at 06:10 PM (#5687994)
As noted, with the current personnel, you still start Dyson so his legs can bring you value in CF and Owings should hit the bench, at least against RHP. Jay isn't much of a CF anymore. Anyway, certainly as long as the price is right, as it seems here, this is a good deal for the DBacks. And when Souza and Pollock return, Owings can shift back to backup IF (or starting if Marte is still putting up a 60 OPS+).
   14. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 07, 2018 at 06:23 PM (#5687997)
I noticed Paul Goldschmidt has been heating up. In late May, he bottomed out at .198/.320/.355, but in the last 2 weeks he's been hitting at around .364/.429/.659


Rizzo too. On May 16, he was .195/.301/.358, and has been .353/.451/.574 since, not including today's 1/3 with a HR.
   15. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 09, 2018 at 09:38 PM (#5689137)
I noticed Paul Goldschmidt has been heating up.


4 HR in last 2 games, 13 H in last 4 games. OPS currently at 850.

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