Tigers could have $80 million rotation even without Max Scherzer

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Free agent ace Max Scherzer will soon get a massive long-term contract on the open market, but even if the Tigers don’t re-sign the former Cy Young winner the price tag for their 2015 rotation could approach $80 million.

Justin Verlander will make $28 million, Anibal Sanchez will make $16.8 million, and MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration projections peg David Price at $18.9 million and Rick Porcello at $12.2 million.

That adds up to $75.9 million and still leaves one rotation spot unaccounted for.

Just to put an $80 million rotation in some context, consider that all of the other four AL Central teams (Royals, White Sox, Twins, Indians) had an overall payroll of $90 million or lower this season.

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.