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.
The Phillies announced on Wednesday that the club hired former Twins GM Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.
Ryan, 63, had two separate stints as the Twins’ GM, owning the position from 1994-2007 as well as 2012-16. After the Twins finished the 2016 season 59-103, Ryan was relieved of his duties and the club eventually hired Thad Levine as the new GM.
Ryan is a two-time winner of the Executive of the Year Award as named by The Sporting News. During his tenure, the Twins made the playoffs four times (2002-04, 2006).
Phillies GM Matt Klentak said of Ryan, “I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished during his tenure with the Twins. Terry’s work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled in our game.”
The Orioles announced on Wednesday that the club acquired pitcher Logan Verrett from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.
Verrett, 26, is under team control through the 2021 season and won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2018 season. The right-hander has pitched out of both the starting rotation and bullpen for the Mets, compiling a career 4.65 ERA and a 105/58 K/BB ratio in 139 1/3 innings.
Verrett will give the Orioles valuable pitching depth with his ability to pitch in a variety of situations.