SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sam Dyson trade was one of the few decisions the Giants made in 2017 that ended up being a clear success. On Wednesday, they finalized the terms of that trade.
The Giants sent minor league outfielder Hunter Cole to the Texas Rangers as the player to be named later in the trade. Dyson was originally acquired in June after being designated for assignment.
Cole, 25, played 83 games for Double-A Richmond last season, hitting .249 with seven homers and 20 doubles. Overall, he hit .275 in four seasons in the Giants minor league system. He was a 26th-round pick in 2014 and at this point he was not considered much of a prospect, or particularly likely to reach San Francisco.
Dyson had a 4.03 ERA with the Giants and 14 saves in 17 opportunities. His numbers were skewed by a few rough outings down the stretch, and the Giants anticipate that he'll go into the 2018 season as the setup man to closer Mark Melancon.