J.D. Martinez fallout: Diamondbacks sign Jarrod Dyson to two-year deal, reports say

On Monday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox reportedly agreed to a deal with free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez. Martinez's old team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, didn't waste much time turning to their fallback option -- and it's a player as far away from Martinez as possible.

That's because the Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with Jarrod Dyson:

Whereas Martinez is a bat-only thumper, Dyson is a speed-and-D type who is best suited in a platoon or reserve role. For his career, he has a .551 OPS against lefties (his .704 mark against righties is significantly better, although not impressive within itself). Still, Dyson is an elite defender who is capable of stealing 25-plus bases at a high clip. That's valuable.

The Diamondbacks figure to pair Dyson with Yasmany Tomas in left field. Tomas, in his career, has posted an OPS near .900 against left-handed pitchers. 

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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