Texas Rangers To Add Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Jordan Lyles #25 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Miller Park on September 30, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Brewers won 11-0. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers To Add Jordan Lyles

Major League sources are reporting the Texas Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a two-year contract worth 16 million dollars overall. The signing is pending a physical by Lyles.

New Ranger In Town

Jordan Lyles is a 29-year-old veteran pitcher with nine years under his belt. His career record is 43-60 with a 5.11 ERA and a WHIP of 1.436. Lyles spent three and a half seasons as a member of the Colorado Rockies. Those years have contributed to his bloated career ERA.

Lyles came up from the minors as a starting pitcher. After three seasons he became a reliever with the Rockies and now is back as a full time starting pitcher. In the first half of the season, he was a member of the floundering Pittsburgh Pirates. Lyles went 5-7 with a 5.36 ERA. After getting traded to the Milwaukee Brewers Lyles had a 7-1 record with a 2.45 ERA. Lyles had a WHIP of 1.108 and pitched 58 innings across 11 starts.

The 11 starts as a Brewer clearly is the best stretch of his career. Lyles now has parlayed that into a new contract with the Rangers as they move into their new stadium.

Rangers Outlook

The Texas Rangers are continuing their aggressive approach to this offseason. Right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has already signed a three-year contract as the Rangers are building a starting rotation.

Lyles joins a suddenly solid rotation with the returning Mike Minor as the ace and other returning pitchers Lance Lynn and Kolby Allard and the newly signed Gibson. The Rangers are now in search of a much bigger fish.

Free-agent star third baseman Anthony Rendon remains on their radar. Rendon who is from Houston, Texas is 29 years old and will command a 30 million a year plus contract. He is the perfect player to put in the middle of the solid lineup the Rangers already have in place.

The Rangers finished the 2019 season 29 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. The Rangers are determined to give their fans a contending team along with their new ballpark. The potential signing of Anthony Rendon would open the eyes of the rest of the American League Western division.

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