Marlins send reliever Sam Dyson to Rangers for C Tomas Telis, pitcher
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins completed their activity before the trade deadline Friday with one final transaction, sending reliever Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers for catcher Tomas Telis and minor leaguer Cody Ege.
Telis will join the big-league club as the Marlins use three catchers with rookie JT Realmuto, veteran Jeff Mathis and the switch-hitting Telis. Telis batted .291 with 15 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI in 70 games with Triple-A Round Rock in 2015. Telis is a career .291 hitter with 142 doubles, 13 triples, 36 dingers and 331 RBI over parts of eight minor-league seasons.
The 24-year-old Venezuelan has appeared in 24 major-league games since 2014, going 19 for 79 (.241) with two doubles and 10 RBI.
"That’ll give us something we haven’t had in a while, and that’s a third catcher," manager Dan Jennings said. "The fact that he’s a switch hitter gives us that bat off the bench and a double option."
Ege, who will report to Double-A Jacksonville, went 6-2 with two saves and a 1.00 ERA in 35 outings between Single-A Desert and Double-A Frisco. A 15th-round selection in the 2013 draft out of the University of Louisville, the 24-year-old southpaw is 14-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 89 career appearances.
Dyson, claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays before the 2013 season, went 6-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 80 games (one start) for the Marlins. The 27-year-old righty, who can reach the upper-90s with his fastball, posted a 3-3 record and 3.68 ERA in a career-high 44 outings in 2015. Dyson, who wasn’t arbitration eligible until 2018, was used primarily in mid-relief work.
Earlier, the Marlins sent right-hander Mat Latos and Opening Day first baseman Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers. Miami shipped veteran Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for a minor-league shortstop and righty starter.
The Marlins acquired Latos, Morse and Haren over the offseason for a playoff push. Two of three will be free agents at the end of the season, and with the club 18 games below .500, it was necessary for the organization to try and get inventory back. In the winter deals for Latos and Haren, Miami gave away prospects.
"We’re very excited about the talent that came back for (Mat) Latos and for (Dan) Haren and even the Sam Dyson trade we got a switch-hitting catcher and a left-handed reliever that we really like," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "That’s a different trade. That’s something in our mind that is a trade to help us – as all of them are – to help us move forward
"But when you have to trade free agents this time of year it’s because the season hasn’t gone according to plan and everyone in this organization is frustrated with what’s happened to this point."