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Dodgers acquire John Axford from the Blue Jays

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The Dodgers dealing continues: they just acquired reliever John Axford from the Blue Jays. In return, L.A. will send righty Corey Copping to Toronto.

Axford has a 4.41 ERA in 45 games this season and a K/BB ratio of 50/20 in 51 innings. He actually started a game on Saturday. It was a bit of a gimmick, likely intended to show suitors that he could go multiple innings, perhaps trying to sell him as a poor-man’s Andrew Miller. Even if that’s not how L.A. uses him this year, he has shown that he still has nice mid-to-upper 90s velocity with some sharp movement, so he’ll certainly help out.

Whatever his role, the Dodgers could use him, as their bullpen has been a sore spot all year long.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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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.