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Rangers promote Sam Dyson to the closer’s role


The Rangers finally lost patience with Shawn Tolleson‘s struggles in the closer’s role. On Thursday, the club informed him he was being removed from the closer’s role, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Sam Dyson will operate as the new closer going forward.

“It wasn’t anything that surprised me,” Tolleson said. The 28-year-old right-hander saved a league-best 11 games but sported an ugly 9.20 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. Tolleson’s ERA exploded when he allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning on Saturday and when he gave up another four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Tuesday.

Dyson, meanwhile, entered Wednesday’s action with a 1.89 ERA and a 13/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. The 28-year-old was just as solid last season between the Marlins and the Rangers.

Despite the bullpen woes, the Rangers came into Wednesday afternoon at 22-18, just a game behind the Mariners for first place in the AL West.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?