Free agent outfielder Alex Rios hires Scott Boras as his agent


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.