Outfielder Jarrod Dyson has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a report by Robert Murray. The 37-year old veteran appeared in 77 games with the Royals this year, with 132 plate appearances .221/.256/.311 with 8 steals in 11 attempts. The Blue Jays are 5.5 games back of a post-season spot and may be looking for more speed to win games. Dyson has 264 career steals with an 84.8 percent success rate, one of the highest success rates in baseball history.
Teams are no longer allowed to conduct August waiver trades, so there was no chance the Royals could get compensation for the veteran outfielder once the July 31 trade deadline passed. The Royals have yet to announce a corresponding transaction, although Edward Olivares would be a prime candidate to return. The 25-year old has been up several times this year and is hitting .298/.370/.524 with 13 home runs in 63 games for Triple-A Omaha and hit .246/.283/.456 with four home runs in 20 games with the Royals.
Dyson has spent eight seasons and 627 games with the Royals, and was worth 11.7 WAR. He is fifth all-time in club history with 184 steals.