Joe Kelly said he’s going to win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford points out that we might have missed the strongest proclamation of the winter: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly promising to win the 2015 American League Cy Young Award. Here’s how it all went down, per Bradford:

Kelly, unannounced, strolling over to our WEEI broadcast setup during the Red Sox’ Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, grabbing one of the headsets and then letting out the words, “I want your listeners to know, I’m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.”

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After the radio interview (which you can listen to by clicking here), Kelly went upstairs to the media room and reiterated his stance to the assembled group of writers.

“Yeah, I’m going to win this year,” the pitcher said when asked about his Cy Young prediction. “That’s what I told the radio guys. They didn’t believe me — [stinks] to be them.”

Over 17 starts last season between the Cardinals and Red Sox, Kelly finished with a 4.20 ERA and a 66/42 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. Though Kelly has posted good results before, he hasn’t started more than 17 games in a season yet. Furthermore, among the 131 starters who have accrued at least 300 innings since the start of the 2012 season, Kelly’s average of 1.8 strikeouts for every one walk ranks tied for 126th best.

Maybe the 4.20 ERA is indicative of something.

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.