Alex Rios will deal with a thumb issue throughout the season


Royals outfielder Alex Rios jammed his thumb during Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox. Per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Rios said the thumb is feeling better, but he’ll have to manage it throughout the season.

Rios, 34, had one of his worst seasons from a power standpoint last year. He hit only four home runs and slugged a meager .398 over 521 plate appearances. He had hit double-digit home runs in every season prior, dating back to 2005. Thumb injuries aren’t exactly helpful, so this doesn’t bode well for a bounce-back season from Rios. The Royals signed Rios in December to a one-year, $11 million deal with a $12.5 million mutual option for the 2016 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.