Should the Yankees consider trading for Sam Dyson?

The Rangers have announced that they are designated their former closer Sam Dyson for assignment today, after his early season struggles have escalated into constant booing and even locker room unrest. Sam Dyson already has six losses on the season and has only one more strikeout than losses in seventeen appearances. He was phenomenal in the World Baseball Classic, and he mechanically does not appear to be doing much different than past years, when he was a very successful pitcher.
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It gets worse as his ERA is 10.80 and his WHIP is a whopping 2.58. Despite all the horrendous peripherals, Dyson should still expect to draw significant trade interest from teams that need bullpen help. Pitchers have been getting injured at astronomical rates this season, and Dyson should not demand much in return from an interested team. This will make him a hot commodity, even though his stats are undeniably terrible. The question stands: Should the Yankees make an offer for Sam Dyson?


The Yankees bullpen has been an overall strength this season, but adding a pitcher like Sam Dyson would definitely improve the bullpen. With pitchers, sometimes a change of scenery and a simple piece of advice from a new coach is all they need to completely revive their careers. Ivan Nova joining Pittsburgh is one recent example. Dyson is a sinkerball pitcher which would work well with the Yankees solid infield defense and only has two million left on his contract for this season.

If the Yankees gave Texas a player to be named later (probably a low-level minor leaguer) and ate up the rest of his contract, he would not be hard to acquire. Who would be kicked out of the bullpen as a corresponding move? The answer is simple. Goodbye Tommy Layne. Layne has been bad this season and usually is only used when the Yankees have an enormous lead. It seems almost moronic to have a guy like Layne taking up a bullpen spot, when someone with Dyson’s upside could occupy that spot. Layne’s ERA of 7.50 is almost as ugly as Dyson’s, and he has never been a lockdown closer. The Yankees have other southpaw options like Chasen Shreve, who has been solid this year and of course their All-Star closer, Aroldis Chapman, once he gets back from the disabled list. 
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While it is unlikely that the Yankees acquire Dyson because other teams are more desperate for bullpen help, it would be very unproductive to not even attempt to acquire the right-hander that saved 38 games a year ago. Odds are being surrounded by other talented relievers and having a new team could heavily improve Dyson's game. The Yankees and Rangers do have trading history as they acquired Alex Rodriguez from them in the 2003-2004 offseason, and the Yankees traded them Carlos Beltran last trade deadline.

Let us know in the comments below what you think about Dyson and if it would be a smart move to pick him up. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms
 

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