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Lyles, Rangers agree to 2-year deal (source)

@Sullivan_Ranger
December 6, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have added another starting pitching candidate by agreeing with right-hander Jordan Lyles on a two-year contract, Major League sources said Friday. The Rangers won't make an official announcement until a physical is completed. Lyles went 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in a

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have added another starting pitching candidate by agreeing with right-hander Jordan Lyles on a two-year contract, Major League sources said Friday.

The Rangers won't make an official announcement until a physical is completed.

Lyles went 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in a combined 28 starts for the Pirates and Brewers last season. His best work was with Milwaukee after being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 29.

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He made 11 starts for the Brewers and was 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over the final two months of the season. He is the second pitcher signed by the Rangers this offseason, after finalizing a three-year contract with right-hander Kyle Gibson on Friday.

Lyles, 29, has worked as a starter and a reliever in his career. Although he pitched well as a starter for the Brewers, he could pitch out of the bullpen for Texas if he does not make the rotation.

The 2019 season was a comeback year for Lyles. Over the previous four seasons, he was 10-19 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 28 starts and 95 relief appearances for the Rockies, Padres and Brewers. For his career, he is 43-60 with a 5.11 ERA in 143 starts and 102 relief appearances over nine seasons.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.