Rockies, Jordan Lyles avoid arbitration

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Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.475 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Lyles underwent season-ending surgery in early June to repair a damaged ligament in his toe, finishing with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts. Two seasons ago he showed a lot more promise with a 4.33 ERA in 127 innings.

As if often the case when a significant injury is involved, Lyles is accepting the same salary he was paid in 2015 and will not get a standard raise via the arbitration system. At age 25 and with a 5.10 career ERA this will be a crucial season for Lyles.