The Angels sign Brandon Lyon

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Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels have signed Brandon Lyon to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. He’ll compete for bullpen spot.

Lyon had a 4.98 ERA in 34 innings for the Mets last season, while suffering from decreased velocity. He was much better in 2012, however, whne he posted a 3.10 ERA and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 61 innings for the Astros and Blue Jays.

In other news: Brandon Lyon is a member of a major league team. Stephen Drew, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana are not.

A couple of former major leaguers choose to stay in Asia

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Two guys who spent some time in the bigs but who have found more success in Asia have decided to stay in Asia.

Darin Ruf has re-signed with the Samsung Lions of KBO, per MLB Trade Rumors. Ruf, who played five years for the Phillies but didn’t really have the numbers to stick, has stuck just fine in Korea. In two seasons in the offense-friendly league he has hit 64 homers and has put up a line of .322/.412/.587. His new deal with Samsung will pay him a guaranteed $1.4 million with $300K in potential bonuses.

The other guy — Nick Martinez — has signed a $2.5 million plus incentives deal to stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters of NPB. The former Rangers starter went 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA for the Fighters in 2018. He was 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA in four seasons with Texas.

Maybe Ruf and Martinez still have U.S. major league dreams, but guaranteed bucks in the Korean and Japanese majors is better than signing minor league deals and riding busses here.