From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million deal for the 2015 season.
Gonzalez asked the O’s for $3.95 million and was offered $2.5 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides agreed to a figure that was slightly in favor of Gonzalez’s filing.
Gonzalez, 30, posted a 3.23 ERA, 1.296 WHIP, and 111/51 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season for the American League East champs. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and is under contractual control with the O’s through 2017.
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.