MILWAUKEE -- After their slow start to the season, the Giants showed Tuesday they were willing to take a risk by trading for former Texas closer Sam Dyson.The Giants acquired Dyson and cash considerations from the Rangers on Tuesday during their 5-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. The
MILWAUKEE -- After their slow start to the season, the Giants showed Tuesday they were willing to take a risk by trading for former Texas closer Sam Dyson.
The Giants acquired Dyson and cash considerations from the Rangers on Tuesday during their 5-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. The Rangers will get either a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Giants.
Dyson was designated for assignment on Friday after he went 1-6 with a 10.80 ERA in 17 games. Opponents are hitting .392 off him, but the Giants hope Dyson can return to the level he performed at in 2016, when he was 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 38 saves.
He had a 1.14 ERA in 75 games for the Marlins and Rangers in 2015.
"Here's a guy who doesn't have a lot of time in, but he has a lot of experience pitching late in ballgames," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has a good arm. Got off to a bit of a rough start there in Texas, but we're hoping a change of scenery will serve him well."
Bochy said he does not know when Dyson will report to the team and will discuss the plan with general manager Bobby Evans.
The Giants are hopeful Dyson's five years of big league experience can bring consistency to their bullpen.
"That always helps, especially with a late-inning guy," Bochy said. "The bullpen, the last two days, has done a great job. Any time you look at a guy that had the kind of a year he did last year and has experience pitching late in ballgames, we all have our hiccups in this game, but if we can get him back on track, he certainly can help us in those late innings."
Dyson helped the United States bring home the title in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, throwing six innings without allowing a baserunner over five games. Giants catcher Buster Posey caught for Dyson in the World Baseball Classic, and second baseman Joe Panik has gone 0-for-4 against him at the plate.
They both remember one specific pitch from his repertoire.
"Power sinker. I mean, that's the main thing that stands out. It is one of the best sinkers that I've ever caught," Posey said. "Obviously, he's got great stuff. Hopefully, he can return to form. He could be a big piece now and possibly years to come."
"His power sinker, that is his go-to," Panik added. "I don't know how many at-bats I have off of him. I just know he has a power sinker that plays with our infield. The Classic was very good for him. I don't know what happened over there, but I know he's a really good pitcher."
The Rangers will select the player to be named later from a pre-set list of Giants Minor League players. If the two sides can't agree on the player, then the cash considerations will come into play. The Rangers, who are picking up a portion of Dyson's $3.5 million salary, want a player and not the cash.
"We've got some work to do on our end, but we like the potential the deal could bring back," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
Daniels said a number of teams were interested in Dyson. Some wanted a deal involving a similar struggling player and a mutual change of scenery, but the Rangers preferred a younger player from the Minor Leagues.
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Giants on Tuesday."