Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis emerged as an early Rookie of the Year contender before a left shoulder injury sidelined him for the final two months of the season.
He underwent what was described as a “cleanup” procedure in September, but today the Blue Jays announced that he’s gone under the knife for a more extensive surgery and faces a 4-5 month recovery timetable. In other words, odds are he’ll begin 2016 where he ended 2015: On the disabled list.
Travis hit .304 with eight homers and an .859 OPS in 62 games before going on the DL. He was replaced as the Blue Jays’ starting second baseman by Ryan Goins and will have to win back his job.
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.