“Curry at the buzzer… BANG! BANG! BANG!”
In a surprising move, the Baltimore Orioles snagged up one more free agent before the MLB imposed its midnight lockdown. The guy snagged is right-handed pitcher, Jordan Lyles.
According to MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, Lyles will get a $500K signing bonus, a $5.5 million base salary and an $11 million club option, with a $1 million buyout. Lyles also will get $500K if he is traded at any time during the course of the deal.
Lyles, an 11-year veteran of six different teams, hasn’t necessarily fared well by the numbers in his career. He bears a 5.21 career ERA that is accompanied by a 2.23 WHIP.
Lyles pitched in 32 games (30 starts) for Texas last season, ending the year with a 10-13 record and 5.15 ERA in 180 innings pitched. His strikeout to walk ratio was impressive, as he had 146 K’s and just 56 free passes.
On the surface, this pick up looks to be one to add some veteranship to the pitching staff, while it could also be somebody that Orioles GM Mike Elias had seen work, as he came up with the Astros and debuted in 2011.
Lyles throws a plus curveball, which is about his only decent pitch. His fastball, cutter, slider and changeup are all amongst the low percentiles across the league, per baseballsavant.
Lyles will surely eat up some innings, whether it be in the starting rotation or in a long relief role out of the bullpen. This deal is pending a physical, which most likely will take place after the work stoppage.
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