Toronto Blue Jays: Would You Take a Gamble on Sam Dyson?

The Toronto Blue Jays could use some extra help in the bullpen. Sam Dyson is suddenly available. Is this destiny?

 

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Is it time for Sam Dyson to come home? Should the Toronto Blue Jays take a chance on the 29-year old right-hander since he’s suddenly available? Would the fans ever accept such a move?

 

We can debate the economics of this idea – who would the Blue Jays have to surrender in exchange for Dyson? are there better internal options? who else might be available via trade over both the short term and the long term? – but the idea itself that the Blue Jays could use some extra help in the bullpen shouldn’t be the subject of much debate.

 

Jason Grilli remains a fan favourite in Toronto (and rightfully so!), but he’s been serving up some pretty cold sandwiches these days. I hate to say it, but a flame in the heart doesn’t make a flame in the grill. (Too many foods puns? Have they become pun-ishment? My apologies.)

 

Joe Biagini’s transition to emergency starter has been impressive, but who knows how the added workload will affect him down the stretch or where he currently stands in relation to his pitch limit for the season, in just his second season. Biagini pitched a total of 67.2 innings last season – he’s already at 49 innings for this season with another two starts likely ahead of him. When he eventually returns to the bullpen, there might not be a lot of gas left in the proverbial tank to burn.

 

(Biagini himself has discussed the added workload of being a starter and how it has affected him both physically and mentally.)

 

I pray every day that the Ryan Tepera miracle will continue that much longer, but I would never think of putting any money on it: I just want to enjoy it. When it comes to Aaron Loup, I refuse to believe he’s pitching this good. It still feels like the universe is playing a trick on me: I just want to close my eyes.

 

Roberto Osuna, Joe Smith, J.P. Howell, and Danny Barnes have all struggled at different points this season – some more recent than others, some more dire than others. This has left us without a bona fide shutdown artist in the bullpen, though here we join the majority of MLB teams: there are only so many Craig Kimbrels and Dellin Betances in baseball (now just imagine if they both pitched in the same division!). There is no real solution to this particular problem.

 

If all of this doesn’t paint a necessarily negative picture of the Blue Jays’ bullpen, it certainly doesn’t paint an overwhelmingly positive one either. We’re still looking for this season’s one-two-three combo of Grilli-Joaquin Benoit-Osuna.

 

Might Dyson fit into the 2017 version of this mix? It’s possible, but his numbers on the season don’t support it. The Blue Jays are best advised to look elsewhere for pitching help. What really intrigues me, however, is the mere prospect of adding such a divisive player to the roster.

 

What would Jose Bautista think? How would the fans react? How would Dyson himself react? Would he show up, both literally and figuratively?

 

The potential for a carnival-like response is enough itself to at least entertain the idea, but I think we already know the answer in how the Baltimore Orioles handled the thought of adding Bautista this past off-season: no thanks, but no thanks. There are some lines that even the most competitive of baseball executives won’t cross. That’s a good thing – it brings balance to the universe.

 

Say, maybe the universe isn’t such a Loup-y place after all.

 

I’m sorry, Sam. It’s not me, it’s you. It’s just not going to work out, in Toronto or Texas.

 

 

 

What are your thoughts? Would you take a chance on Dyson? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

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William Wilson

As a long-time Jays fan, I've invested more time in bad baseball than a sane person would allow. Fortunately, I was finally rewarded with some post-season action last year! This year?