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Mariners addition of Dyson brings much needed speed, defense

Apr 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson (1) slides into third base with a lead off triple against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

In a totally separate move the Seattle Mariners shipped starting pitcher Nathan Karns to Kansas City in return for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Dyson leaves a cluttered KC outfield where he batted .278 in 2016 while wreaking havoc on the bases with 30 steals in just 107 games played. It’s exactly what Seattle needs. The Mariners ranked 24th in the league in stolen bases a year ago. Dyson was used as Kansas City’s late game defensive specialist. His 19 defensive runs saved ranked sixth among AL outfielders last season.

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