Dave Stewart said Touki Toussaint doesn’t throw 96. That’s true! He throws 98.

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Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart took a lot of heat when he traded highly-regarded 2014 first round pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves, basically for cash. At the time he tried to brush off the criticism by saying “. . . guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

Against that backdrop, Ken Rosenthal dropped this in his notes column last night:

“Toussaint touched 98 in his most recent start for the Braves’ Class-A Rome affiliate on Saturday night, pitching five scoreless innings.”

Technically speaking 98 is not 96, so Stewart could still be right!

Andrew Joseph of Azcentral.com has more background on Toussaint’s couple of appearances in the Braves system, as well as some good backfill from Nick Piecoro from the time of the trade in which Piecoro reported that many others around baseball disagreed with Stewart’s assessment of his own prospect.

There are guys who check stuff these days, Dave. So better to be vague.

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.