The San Francisco Giants have made a trade to acquire relief pitcher Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers for cash or a player to be named later.
Dyson began the year as the closer for the Rangers, but was quickly removed from that role.
In April alone this year he gave up 14 earned runs in 7.1 innings pitched. He blew three saves and picked up three losses in the first month of the season as well.
The Rangers put him on the disabled list, and he was better in the month of May. He gave up 6 earned runs in 9.1 innings pitched, but with only 5 strikeouts.
He gave up 3 runs (1 earned) on May 31 and picked up a loss, and that was the last straw for the Rangers. They designated him for assignment soon after.
Several teams showed interest in Dyson, but it seems the Giants were the winner.
Dyson is 29 years old and has been in the big leagues for six years now. He’s spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins and the Rangers.
He has a career ERA of 3.54 in the big leagues with a WHIP of 1.38 and a 7.2 K/9.
This has obviously been the worse season of his career to date with a 10.80 ERA in 16.2 innings with a K/9 of 3.8.
Before this season, Dyson had three really good years as a relief pitcher. In 2014 he had a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings with 33 strikeouts. The following year he had a 2.63 ERA, splitting time between the Marlins and Rangers, with 71 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.
And then last year he was the Rangers primary closer registering 38 saves and 5 blown saves. He had a 2.43 ERA in 70.1 innings with 55 strikeouts.
So What Does This Trade Mean for the San Francisco Giants?
This is obviously a buy low kind of deal for the San Francisco Giants. Dyson is someone who has proven himself in the big leagues before, and the Giants are hoping he can regain that form.
If Dyson can find his groove again and become the elite relief pitcher he’s been in the past, that makes him a valuable trade piece at the deadline.
So in my opinion, I think the Giants are hoping Dyson regains form and they flip him for a good prospect.
Of course, it’s no secret that the San Francisco Giants need bullpen help. So taking a flyer on Dyson is worth the cost.
Speaking of the cost, the Giants will either send some cash to the Rangers or a lesser known prospect.
I like this move for the San Francisco Giants. There is little risk in making a trade like this with the hope that a proven pitcher regains his form.