After ALDS ouster, Torii Hunter considering retirement

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Shortly after his team was swept out of the ALDS by the Orioles, Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter says he is strongly considering retirement, MLive.com’s Chris Iott reports. “It’s 100 percent serious, bro. I have been thinking about it a long time,” Hunter said, via Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Hunter finished the ALDS 2-for-10 (both hits were singles) with two walks. During the regular season, he hit .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI, which are all eerily similar to his output in 2013. However, the stats and the scouts both suggest that the 39-year-old has lost a step or two defensively and he hasn’t been productive on the bases for years.

If Hunter chooses to call it quits, he’ll have played 16 full seasons in the majors with the Twins, Angels, and Tigers. Hunter will certainly create an interesting Hall of Fame debate as well. Of course, this could also simply be the frustration of Sunday night’s loss taking effect. Hunter is eligible for free agency and there is no indication yet if the Tigers feel one way or another about bringing him back.

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.