Minnesota Twins: Grading the Twins trade deadline moves (and non-moves) one month later

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: Sergio Romo #54 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on August 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 13-5. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: Sergio Romo #54 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on August 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 13-5. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 24: Sam Dyson #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field on August 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 24: Sam Dyson #49 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field on August 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

The Sam Dyson trade

Twins acquired: RHP Sam Dyson (1-0, 7.56 ERA in 9 1/3 innings)

Giants acquired: RHP Prelander Berroa (0-1, 11.32 ERA at Low-A Salem-Keizer), OF Jaylin Davis (.347, 10 HR, 27 RBI at Triple-A Sacremento), RHP Kai-Wei Teng (2-0, 1.23 ERA at High-A Augusta)

If there was a thing as great keyboard entertainment, the lead up to the trade deadline on July 31 as the Twins appeared to be dead silent right up until the final minutes. Just after the deadline had passed (and Twins fans were ready to burn down Target Field), news broke that the Twins had acquired reliever Sam Dyson from the San Francisco Giants.

At the time, the move was one of the best in the majors at the deadline. With the only other major move being Zack Greinke being shipped to the Houston Astros (and you could probably add the trade that added Franmil Reyes and Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians), the Twins were the one team that actually added to their bullpen woes.

In theory, this should be a great deal considering Dyson was having a great year for the Giants (4-1, 2.47 ERA in 51 innings) before being shipped to Minnesota. Ever since he got off the plane, the results have told a different story.

Dyson had two nightmare outings to start his time with the Twins, allowing six earned runs in 2/3 of an inning before being placed on the 10-day injured list with biceps tendinitis. Since returning, he has settled down, allowing two earned runs (both on home runs) in 8 2/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .218 average.

The long balls are a little concerning since Dyson only allowed four during his time with the Giants, but if Dyson can turn things around during the month of September, this grade has a chance to go up with the minimal cost it took to acquire him.

Grade: C

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