9:51 am: The White Sox are sending their remaining $ 243,300 of international bonus space to the Pirates in the deal, tweets Adam Berry from MLB.com. International space typically needs to be sent in $ 250,000 increments, but can swap the rest of its entire pool in one lump if it has less than $ 250,000 left. This is what happened in this case.
This pool area will be added to the 2019-20 Pirates signature pool. While the international signing period typically runs from July 2 of one year to June 15 of the next, the 2019-20 signing period has been extended to October, while the upcoming signing period has been postponed to January. These changes, much like the shortened 2020 draft, were approved by the league and the union as owners looked for ways to make up for some of their lost earnings due to the pandemic-affected season.
8:58 am: White Sox set to acquire quick center-back Jarrod Dyson of Pirates, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (via Twitter). The White Sox are expected to send international bonus pool space to Pittsburgh to close the deal, tweets Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Dyson, 36, signed a one-year, $ 2 million contract with the Pirates this winter and is still owed $ 333,000 of his pro-rated salary of $ 720,000. That makes him an affordable late-inning defensive upgrade and a pinch option for ChiSox, who are currently tied with the Indians for second in AL Central and just half a game behind the Twins. , at the head of the division.
Dyson is off to a miserable start at home plate, hitting .157 / .218 / .157 in a small sample of 57 on-set appearances, but he’s a worldwide defenseman and elite baserunner. Dating back to 2012, Dyson is sixth in the Majors in stolen bases (234), and his 84.7% pass rate is remarkably efficient. He is also eighth among MLB forwards with +79 defensive points saved during that span, although he has played thousands of fewer innings on the field than all but one (Juan Lagares) ahead of him because of his part-time status.
The White Sox have a full outfield with Eloy Jimenez to the left, Luis Robert in the center and Nomar mazara To the right. They also have other speedsters Adam engel on the spot to fall back to all three positions, but between Jimenez and Mazara the corners could both use a defensive upgrade in late and close matches. Dyson’s left-handed stick complements Engel’s right-handed stick as well, allowing manager Rick Renteria to optimize his late-game field options based on field matches.
As for the Pirates, they will add additional international funds in exchange for the last month or so of Dyson’s contract. The deal also opens up additional reps for the Bucs to take a look at the shortstop Cole tucker in the outfield – an experience the team explored under the new front office / coaching regime. Either way, Dyson was a free agent at the end of the season and clearly wasn’t going to receive a qualifying offer, so cashing that in even for a relatively small return makes perfect sense for Pittsburgh.