Sam Dyson blew another save chance

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2017 has not gone well for Rangers closer Sam Dyson thus far. Entering Sunday’s action, the right-hander had already blown a pair of saves and lost another. In total, he had allowed 11 runs on 11 hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings of work. Not good.

Things didn’t improve on Sunday against the Mariners. The Rangers were clinging to a 7-6 lead when Dyson got the ball. Jarrod Dyson led off for the Mariners with an infield single deflected by S. Dyson to shortstop. J. Dyson then stole second base with Leonys Martin at bat. Martin laid down a bunt to move the runner to third base and wound up reaching safely himself, putting runners on the corners and no outs. Mike Freeman pinch-hit but was intentionally walked to load the bases, putting a force at every base. S. Dyson unintentionally walked Haniger, forcing in the tying run, locking the game at seven-all.

Robinson Cano, with the chance to win the game, tapped a weak grounder to second baseman Rougned Odor, who fired home for the force out. Nelson Cruz promptly ended the game, swinging at S. Dyson’s first pitch, driving a ground ball single past shortstop.

Dyson has now allowed 13 runs in 4 1/3 innings this season. Manager Jeff Banister will have to, at this point, consider taking Dyson out of the closer’s role.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.