Reliever Sam Dyson is another one of those San Francisco arms all buyers should consider. The well-traveled righty has experience as a closer, but it’s a role likely best suited in the past. He successfully saved 38 games for the 2016 Texas Rangers before putting together a horrendous 2017 campaign which included a 10.80 ERA. He was so bad for the Rangers in the early part of the season, they dumped him off on the Giants where he has found new blood.
Dyson is posted a 2.69 ERA in 2018 with the Giants over 74 appearances. He is achieving similar numbers this year, pitching with good strikeout numbers and a terrific walk total. Statistics like these for a relief pitcher can always change overnight. So, if by the time the Mets are ready to acquire him they don’t look so impressive, remember how fickle these numbers can be.
Dyson’s free agency doesn’t occur for another year, giving whichever team acquires him another chance to go for a championship with him in 2020. Factor this into the equation and his value is closer to Smith’s.
On the Mets, I could see Dyson taking over the role they hoped Jeurys Familia would fill. By this point in the season, I think many of us are ready to find another setup option. While Seth Lugo offers the possibility of multiple innings each time he takes the mound, Dyson is best used as a one-inning guy.
A favorable salary at $5 million this year and a year and a half of control makes Dyson an intriguing piece. I don’t expect him to cost all that much either. Consider him a realistic possibility.