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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.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.

The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.