Lucas Duda and the Mets avoid arbitration, agree on a one-year deal

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The New York Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract, Jon Heyman reports.

Duda requested $4.7 million from the Mets and was offered $3.75 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16.  This was his first time in arbitration.

Duda hit 30 home runs and knocked in 92 RBI in 153 games last year. So it’ll also be his first time for a spring training in which people won’t constantly be asking how much playing time he’ll get, where, etc.

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.