Alexi Amarista signs two-year contract with Padres

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Utility man Alexi Amarista, who was arbitration eligible for the first time, has agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Padres according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

MLB Trade Rumors had Amarista projected to make $1.5 million via arbitration for 2015, so the Padres are getting a relative bargain in the two-year deal.

Of course, given how much Amarista has struggled offensively–he’s a career .234 hitter with a .615 OPS–there’s no guarantee he’d avoid being non-tendered in 2016 and so in the meantime the 26-year-old locks himself into a little more guaranteed money.

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.