Mariners choose Jason Bay over Casper Wells

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The Mariners designated Casper Wells for assignment, which means Jason Bay has made the club, according to Larry Stone on Twitter.

Bay finished the spring with a .938 OPS while Wells was less impressive at .646. Stone also notes that if Wells clears waivers, he cannot elect free agency because of his lack of service time. The Phillies were recently reported to have interest in Wells, so they may be one team to place a claim.

As for Bay, it good to see him earn a spot on the team as the outfielder failed to live up to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets in part due to dealing with the aftermath of a concussion.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.