Minnesota Twins investigating San Francisco Giants over Sam Dyson trade
By Chris Schad
The Minnesota Twins reliever will go under the knife this week, leading the Twins to ask questions about their trade deadline acquisition.
The Minnesota Twins are in a position that’s totally relatable to their fanbase at the moment. We’ve all headed down to that car dealership on the corner and saw the car of your dreams with a deal that was too good to be true. With leather interior, a beastly engine and all the trimmings, there’s no way that a dealer would be willing to sell it for $2,000.
The next thing you know, your supposed dream car is smoking on the side of the highway in need of a new transmission as several of your high school classmates are laughing as they drive by.
It’s the same thing that has happened to the Twins with the Sam Dyson trade. After sending three prospects over to the San Francisco Giants for Dyson on July 31, the Twins found out he was dealing with an arm injury that dated back to the All-Star break. Then, it was revealed last week that Dyson would need season-ending shoulder surgery after just 12 appearances for the Twins.
Much like I did with that car on the side of the highway, the Twins are going back to where they got it from to ask questions.
According to La Velle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are having discussions with the Giants to see what they knew about Dyson’s health prior to making the trade deadline deal. With Dyson unable to help the Twins in their push to the postseason and possibly for most of the first half of the 2020 season, one wouldn’t blame the Twins if they feel they got fleeced in the deal.
As it stands, the Twins do not have any evidence that the Giants were withholding medical information about Dyson, so odds are there will be no repercussions coming down from MLB. Even so, the penalty wouldn’t be very severe as CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson pointed out that former San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller was suspended for 30 days back in 2016 after withholding information on a trade with the Boston Red Sox involving Drew Pomeranz.
Dyson’s time in Minnesota has not gone well even minus the injuries, as he posted a 7.15 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with the Twins after posting a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings with the Giants. While he is arbitration-eligible for the 2020 season, that salary is not guaranteed, meaning that if the Twins feel his recovery isn’t going well or want to sign him to a reduced salary, they have an out by non-tendering him this winter.
Even so, losing three prospects for a reliever that may not wind up doing much for the Twins is a brutal blow and one that may have Minnesota’s front office think twice before doing a deal with the Giants in the future.