The Blue Jays and Reds played an exhibition game last night at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It turned out to be a special night for new Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, who spent part of his childhood in the city and used to go to Expos games at the Big O growing up.
Check out the ovation Martin received before his first at-bat last night:
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Russell Martin’s father, Russell Martin, Sr. played “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” on the saxophone before the game. You can see the pride beaming from Martin’s face as he watches his dad play. Pretty damn cool.
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.