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Rockies avoid arbitration with Jordan Lyles

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The Rockies announced on Wednesday that the club has avoided arbitration with pitcher Jordan Lyles with a one-year contract. Lyles will earn a $3.175 million salary for the 2017 season, per MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.

Lyles, 26, doesn’t have the best numbers since joining the Rockies ahead of the 2014 season. Over the last three seasons, he has a 4.88 ERA with a 152/93 K/BB ratio in 234 1/3 innings. However, he’s a pitcher who’s relatively cheap and can’t say no to pitching half his games at Coors Field yet, so the Rockies are content maintaining a pitcher with a pulse.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.