Free agent outfielder Alex Rios hires Scott Boras as his agent

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that free agent outfielder Alex Rios has hired Scott Boras as his agent.

Rios became a free agent for the first time in his career yesterday after the Rangers declined his $13.5 million club option for 2015. He was previously represented by the Kinzer Management Group.

Rios turns 34 in February and batted .280 with just four home runs and a .709 OPS across 131 games this past season. Boras will attempt to find him a starting job and a place to reestablish his value.

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.