The Twins were said to have an interest in former Texas closer Sam Dyson, who was designated for assignment by the Rangers after a horrible start to his 2017 season, which featured blown saves and a 10.80 ERA.
But Dyson was traded Tuesday to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later and "cash considerations," which in this case means that Texas will pay some of the $2.2 million remaining on his salary, according to the Dallas News.
Despite his terrible start, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said there was a pretty good market for Dyson. He told Evan Grant of the News: "There were a number of teams that checked in to various degrees. This was an unusual [Designated For Assignment] situation and they saw a good chance for a bounce back. We were just looking for the best return."
Dyson had 38 saves and a 2.42 ERA last season for Texas, and a 2.63 ERA as a set-up man for Miami and Texas in 2015.
Grant also pointed out why AT&T Park could have been an attractive destination for Dyson, beyond having his ERA reset to 0.00 because of the switch to the National League: "AT&T Park in San Francisco is considered a pitcher-friendly park that may be more forgiving if Dyson allows balls in the air. He allowed six homers in 16.2 innings with the Rangers this season after allowing just five in 70 innings last year. The park ranks last in the majors in terms of park offensive factors, according to an ESPN formula. Globe Life Park in Arlington ranked 16th."