Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration with a one-year contract

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros and utilityman Marwin Gonzalez have avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility with a one-year deal worth $1.0625 million. Gonzalez had filed for $1.4 million while the Astros came in at $900,000, so his salary comes in slightly below the midpoint.

Gonzalez, 26 in March, has played all over the place for the Astros, mostly at shortstop, third base, and second base. He can play the outfield in a pinch, however. The veteran of three years in the major leagues has compiled a .248/.291/.354 triple-slash line over 751 plate appearances.

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.