Texas Rangers Trade Sam Dyson and Sign Ernesto Frieri
By Andrew Webb
Well, you can’t say the Rangers aren’t trying to fix the bullpen problem. They recently traded veteran Sam Dyson, and signed Frieri. How will these moves impact the Rangers pen?
Texas Rangers fans can rejoice as relief pitcher Sam Dyson has been traded to the San Francisco Giants. The team sent Dyson and cash to the Giants for a player to be named later. They wasted little time finding a replacement as they’ve signed veteran Ernesto Frieri.
The 31-year-old Frieri recently opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees. He pitched in 17 games in Triple-A, posting a 3.00 ERA with seven saves and 24 strikeouts. His solid work in the minors should gain him a spot in Arlington soon.
As for the moment, the Rangers have optioned Frieri to Triple-A Round Rock. The bullpen is currently full, but expect him to be up with the Rangers soon. His late inning experience could be exactly what the Rangers needed.
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During his seven-year MLB career Frieri has 73 saves in almost 300 career games. He was an elite bullpen pitcher from 2010-2013 with the Padres and Angels. He’s struggled to find his groove since, but could be a steal for the Rangers.
To be honest, Frieri can’t do worse than Dyson. In 17 games, Dyson allowed 20 earned runs and walked 12 batters in 16.2 innings of work. He desperately needed a change of scenery, and his could potentially be a great move for Texas.
The Rangers free up a roster spot for Frieri, and he could possibly slide into the seventh inning spot. A great move for Texas, and things could be looking up in Arlington.