Texas Rangers Receive Minors OF to Finish Sam Dyson Trade

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 16: Reliever Sam Dyson (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 16: Reliever Sam Dyson (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

The deal is officially finalized for reliever Sam Dyson. The San Francisco Giants have sent over a minor league outfielder as the player to be named later. What will he bring to the Rangers organization?

The Texas Rangers traded reliever Sam Dyson in early June after his horrendous start. He struggled heavily going 1-6 with a 10.80 ERA in 17 games with zero saves. Safe to say his value wasn’t high, but the trade is finally over.

Texas received outfielder Hunter Cole in exchange for Dyson. The 25-year-old outfielder has put together some solid minor league seasons, but it’s tailed off the last few seasons. The Giants won’t be greatly impacted by the loss of Cole, as he wasn’t even in their top 30 prospects according to MLBpipeline.com.

Cole hit .249 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 87 games in Double-A in 2017. His numbers have decreased mightily after posting a .301 batting average during the 2015 season in Double-A.

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To be fair Dyson didn’t have almost any value when he was traded to San Francisco. He did manage to pitch better with the Giants. He went 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 38 games and 14 saves in 17 chances.

The Giants will keep Dyson until at least 2021 when he’s first eligible for free agency. He saved 38 games for Texas in 2016, but completely collapsed last season. Difficult to tell whether it was just an awful start or if that’s the pitcher he’s become.

Dyson pitched well during his first three Major League seasons, but completely lost it in 2017. It’s a shame the Rangers couldn’t turn him around. At least Texas got something out of it, and hopefully Cole can make an impact.

He will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock and will have to be on the 40-man roster by Monday. Otherwise Cole could be eligible for the Rule-5 Draft and Texas could lose him altogether. We’ll see how Cole produces in Triple-A next season.