Stephen Drew remains sidelined by post-concussion symptoms and Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox shortstop will travel to Pittsburgh to be examined by a concussion specialist.
Drew suffered a concussion on March 7 when he was hit on the helmet by a pitch, and his status for Opening Day is very much in doubt. In fact, Drellich writes that “it seems all but guaranteed now” that Drew will begin the season on the disabled list.
Slick-fielding prospect Jose Iglesias would fill in for Drew as the starting shortstop, with Pedro Ciriaco in a utility infielder role.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal is worth $7.5 million.
Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Mariners. He hit an underwhelming .251/.324/.350, but stole 28 bases while playing superb defense in center field.
Dyson doesn’t quite make up for the Diamondbacks losing J.D. Martinez, who just signed with the Red Sox, but he will bring some speed and defense to the outfield along with A.J. Pollock. It’s not quite clear how the D-Backs plan to utilize Dyson. That should be made clear after the deal is announced.