Not so fast on the Cardinals’ reported interest in Jon Lester

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Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a visit” and “their interest in the lefty appears as much opportunistic as enthusiastic.”

In other words, if for some reason his price tag doesn’t rise as high as nearly everyone expects the Cardinals may try to jump in and steal Lester at a discount. So don’t count on it, especially with Carlos Martinez waiting in the wings to step into the rotation.

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.