Texas Rangers rumors: Sam Dyson, the Texas Rangers relief pitcher who took over as closer for the team last year, will be designated for assignment, according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Rosenthal is reporting that the Rangers expect to trade Dyson, who is under contract for $3.52 million this season, and who has three years of team control left after 2017.
Dyson has been inexplicably awful this year for the Rangers, putting up a 10.80 ERA and a 9.04 FIP on the year. Dyson blew multiple games early in the season, lost his closer role, and has been up-and-down since. Dyson came into the game in the 10th inning Wednesday against Tampa and gave up a pair of home runs, taking the loss and seemingly sealing his fate.
With Jose Leclerc ready to come off the d.l., the Rangers need a 25 man roster spot, and with Dyson out of options and no longer an option in any sort of meaningful situation, it appears the Rangers are ready to move on from him. Texas acquired him on July 31, 2015, from Florida in exchange for Tomas Telis and Cody Ege, and he was a significant part of the team’s bullpen as they won the A.L. West in 2015 and 2016.
However, for whatever reason, Dyson can’t get his sinker down right now, and with the Rangers unable to wait for him to get straightened out, it appears a rebuilding club will get the opportunity to snatch him up as a buy-low candidate and see if he can be fixed.