This is the sad, ugly side of the business. When a player no longer has what it takes, for whatever reason, his services are no longer needed and he’s gone in an instant.
That’s what happened to reliever Sam Dyson, who was designated for assignment after losing his sixth game Wednesday night.
“That’s never fun. That’s not how you want the relationship to go,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Sam was such a huge part of what we did in 2015, what we did in 2016. You still care for the individual. There are no independent contractors on this team. It’s never easy.”
I know exactly what he’s going through. I’ve been there, it’s tough. It’s a really lonely place out there.
Jake Diekman on Sam Dyson
Dyson was informed after Wednesday’s game in which he allowed two homers in the 10th inning. It was an emotional scene, according to his teammates and general manager Jon Daniels. Shin-Soo Choo said tears were shed by both Dyson and his teammates while saying goodbye.
“This is the hardest part of baseball right here because players are replaceable and people aren’t,” reliever Tony Barnette said. “Sam is a great guy and we’re going to miss him but we’ve got to move on. We have a job to do today and that’s to win a baseball game.”
Barnette, along with fellow reliever Jeremy Jeffress, both of whom have also struggled at times, said Dyson’s departure doesn’t enhance the pressure to perform better.