Diamondbacks Move on Quickly from J.D. Martinez, Sign Jarrod Dyson to Two-Year Deal

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Diamondbacks Move on Quickly from J.D. Martinez, Sign Jarrod Dyson to Two-Year Deal

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Halfway through the 2017 MLB season, when the Arizona Diamondbacks were hanging on in the Wild Card standings better than expected – they made a move for one of the best hitters available on the trade market, outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Martinez was excellent for the D-Backs, slashing .302/.366/.741 (172 wRC+) with 29 home runs and 13 doubles in the second half of the year, and there was a hope that, with A.J. Pollock heading into his free agent year in 2018, the team could re-sign him.

That hope was squashed a couple hours ago, when Martinez signed his long-expected contract with the Boston Red Sox (five years/$110M, two opt-outs).

The D-Backs, however, were not brooding for very long, as they immediately put themselves back out there, signing Jarrod Dyson to a two-year commitment:

Dyson, 33, is three years Martinez’s elder and isn’t in the same class (or type) of hitter, but has been worth 5.2 WAR over the past two seasons and is a FAR greater defender. In fact, Dave Cameron called Dyson one of the biggest free agent bargains of the offseason back in November: “Few players have as extreme a skillset as Jarrod Dyson. He makes some of the weakest contact of any hitter in baseball, and is especially terrible against left-handed pitching. On the other hand, he’s also one of the best defensive outfielders in the game and, after adjusting for playing time, has been the most valuable non-Billy Hamilton baserunner in MLB the last three years.”

Honestly, you can do a lot worse than that – especially because, when Cameron was calling Dyson a “bargain” that was when he was expecting him to sign for $22 million (!!!). That’s THREE TIMES what he actually got. How’s that for a bargain?

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

So Dyson’s ZiPS projected 2.0 WAR might be less than J.D. Martinez’s 3.3 projection … but he’ll cost around $22 million less in 2018 alone. That’s not a bad consolation prize, Diamondbacks – so long as you put those cost-savings to work.

The DBacks will hope to challenge the Dodgers atop the NL West this year, and, if not, will once again push in the Wild Card race.

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Author: Michael Cerami

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