The Tampa Bay Rays are still looking to shore up their bullpen. One option may be former Texas Rangers closer Sam Dyson, who was designated for assignment yesterday.
It is as though the past three years never happened. After emerging as a solid reliever in 2014, and becoming the Texas Rangers closer last season, Sam Dyson struggled mightily this year. Fresh off his appearance in the World Baseball Classic, Dyson imploded, posting a 1-6 record with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.580 WHiP in his 16.2 innings, walking 12 batters with just seven strikeouts.
However, that track record of success has to be enticing. As such, the Rangers are fully expecting that they will be able to trade their former closer, who they designated for assignment. According to Marc Topkin, the Tampa Bay Rays are amongst the teams interested in acquiring Dyson’s services.
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As Topkin says, this could be nothing more than the Rays doing their due diligence and looking into any possible upgrade that would be available. Yet, pairing Dyson with pitching coach Kevin Hickey, who has overseen numerous reclamation projects, is an interesting idea. If he can work his magic again on Dyson, the former closer could be the missing piece in the Rays bullpen.
After all, Dyson is coming off of three excellent seasons. In those 179 games, spanning 187.2 innings, he posted a 2.45 ERA and a 1.215 WHiP, striking out 159 batters against 59 walks. It certainly makes one wonder what went wrong this season with Dyson.
That is the question the Rangers are asking themselves as well. Somehow, somewhere, the pitcher who solidified their bullpen last season when current Ray Shawn Tolleson imploded, suffered the same fate. And again, a former Rangers closer could find his way down to Tampa Bay, hoping to turn his career around.
That Tampa Bay Rays are interested in Sam Dyson. If they can bring him back to his previous form from the last three seasons, he could be quite the steal.