The saga of Sam Dyson in Texas officially ended Tuesday night, as the Rangers announced they traded their former closer to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash.
Former closer Dyson last pitched for Texas on May 31st against Tampa Bay, where he gave up three runs in an inning of work. He was DFA’d the next day, with the team announcing they intended to trade him.
Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels said the team subsidized part of Dyson’s salary, but declined to disclose how much of Dyson’s salary the team paid. Dyson was owed around $2 million for the rest of the season.
“We’ve got some work to do on our end,” Daniels said. “But we like the potential this deal can bring back for us.”
The righty sinker baller leaves Texas with a 10.80 ERA on the season, with more walks (12) than strikeouts (7) and giving up more homers (6) in 16 and two thirds innings than in any full season. Dyson came into the season as the Rangers' incumbent closer after performing well in the role during last season's division title run.
For the Giants, Dyson adds a potential high leverage arm on the cheap as they try to recover this season. They’re 4th place on the year, 11 games under .500 at 24-35 while being 12 games back of the NL West leading Colorado Rockies.
Their bullpen is led by closer Mark Melancon, who boasts a 2.20 ERA in 17 games this year. The former Pittsburgh Pirate spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with an arm injury. Should Dyson regain his old form, he’d slot right in behind Melancon as an eighth inning type. San Francisco has used an assortment of players in that role, including Derek Law and Cory Gearrin.
“Other teams looking at it understood that this was not a typical DFA,” Daniels said. “While Sam struggled this year, he performed at a really high level the last couple of years and this spring and saw it as a pretty good chance for a bounce back. We knew going into it the interest would be greater.”
The Giants made room for Dyson on the 40 man roster by placing starter Madison Bumgarner on the 60 day DL. The 29 year old still has three years of control left; Dyson isn’t eligible to become a free agent until 2021.
For those unfamiliar how PTBNLs work: The teams have six months from the date the trade to complete it. The potential PTBNL can be any player in the Giants organization that hasn’t played in the major leagues. This can include players drafted this year by the Giants as long as it happens after this year’s World Series.
If the teams cannot agree on a player, a dollar amount can be sent instead of a player. That amount is negotiated between the two teams also.