The Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals for the All-Star Final Vote

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This is sort of sad, hilarious and scary all at the same time: the Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals in the All-Star Final Vote thing.

How that even works I have no idea. The Royals fans give Cardinals fans the code to hack the MLB.com voting page? The Cardinals share the Devil Magic which always seems to benefit them to cover the alliance from the more metaphysical side?

More importantly, is there any Cards or Royals fan who really cares so much about the All-Star Final vote that they’d throw in with their cross-state rivals anyway? I don’t know a TON of Cards and Royals fans, but the ones I do tend not to care much for the other side. Folks form St. Louis don’t give a rip if Mike Moustakas makes the All-Star Game. Same with K.C. folks and Carlos Martinez.

But hey, at least some marketing and social media people were kept off the streets today.

UPDATE: So I guess other teams are doing this too, including Tigers/Reds, Yanks/Rockies and Dodgers/Red Sox. Which means it was almost certainly an orchestrated thing from MLB. Wheeee!

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.