Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.
The Cardinals’ interest is intriguing in that they would seem to have a full complement of infielders, with Jhonny Peralta manning third base. But Turner is a superior player to Peralta, both offensively and defensively, so I suppose stranger things have happened.
But if not the Cardinals, I’m sure Turner’s market will heat up nicely and soon. He has posted an .856 OPS in 386 games over the past three seasons and finds himself as one of the best all-around players currently on 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.