Overnight we heard that the Diamondbacks were making a push for Aroldis Chapman. Even in those reports it was said that the Reds were asking the moon for him. I guess the moon was too much for Arizona:
The Yankees are still said to be interested, but as I noted earlier, that could just be a bluff to get the Padres price on Craig Kimbrel to go down.
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.