It came as a bit of a surprise this morning when CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Tigers were looking at free agent outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon. However, Tigers general manager Al Avila downplayed the possibility of pursuing either player while talking to the media earlier this afternoon.
As of now, the Tigers have an outfield consisting of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose, and the recently-acquired Cameron Maybin. It’s probably safe to assume they’ll throw another name into that mix before the end of the winter, but barring something unexpected, they don’t expect to shop at the top of the market.
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.