The Seattle Mariners have been very bust on Friday as just hours after the dealt outfielder Seth Smith to the Baltimore Orioles for starter Yovani Gallardo, they proceeded to send their starter in Nate Karns to the Kansas City Royals for speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson. In Dyson, the Mariners get the leadoff man they have been looking for the last few seasons and in fantasy baseball terms, the speedster becomes a solid sleeper candidate due to his extreme stolen base ability. In fourth outfielder duty for the Royals, Dyson has stolen 30 or more bases in four of the last five seasons. While his .260 average is nothing to write home about and his career-high in home runs in a given year is 2, Dyson's work in the steals department makes him a quite interesting outfielder 3 candidate for 2017 fantasy baseball. With an expected career-high in at-bats this season atop the Mariners order, Dyson could swipe 40 bases easy and maybe even literally make a run at 50 with a decent haul or runs as well. Yes Dyson is just a two category help but he can really carry you in stolen bases this season.
As far as Karns is concerned, this is the second winter in a row he has been traded. Last winter the Tampa Bay Rays moved him to Seattle and now the Mariners send him away to the Royals. Karns was terrible in 2016 in pitching to a 5.15 ERA but truth be told, he was off to a good start before things went haywire. Karns is a good strikeout pitcher (101 whiffs in 94.1 innings last season) which makes him somewhat interesting in an SP 5 situation if he grabs a rotation spot but he is more of a story in AL-only formats at least at the start of this season.