Orioles defeat Alejandro De Aza in arbitration hearing

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Alejandro De Aza will make a $5 million salary in 2015 after the Orioles defeated the outfielder in an arbitration hearing, reports Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.

De Aza, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, filed at $5.65 million when figures were exchanged last month. The two sides went to a hearing despite the minor gap between them and the arbitration panel ultimately ruled in favor of the team.

De Aza turns 31 in April and batted .293/.341/.537 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games after coming over from the White Sox last August. He figures to see at least part-time duty in Baltimore’s outfield this season.

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.