Twins move Trevor May to the bullpen to make room for Ervin Santana

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Despite a strong start on Wednesday against the Reds, the Twins are moving Trevor May to the bullpen to make room for Ervin Santana, whose 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use ends on Sunday. That report comes from Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Santana will start on Sunday against the Royals, opposing Danny Duffy.

May, 25, has had an up-and-down season. His ERA has never been below 4.00 despite a 71/18 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings. He currently has a 4.37 ERA and has pitched beyond the sixth inning in only four of 15 starts to date.

Santana, 32, signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins in December. The Twins do not have to pay Santana for the time he missed due to his suspension, roughly half of $13.5 million, or around $6.75 million.

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.