For two years in a row, Jordan Lyles has helped the Brewers to the postseason with a strong second half.
Now, for the second consecutive offseason, he’ll be signing somewhere else in the offseason.
Lyles is reportedly heading to the Texas Rangers on a two-year, $16 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan.
Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, sources tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal had Lyles to Texas first.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2019
Lyles returned to the Brewers after a trade deadline season deal with the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates and what seemed like a minor trade ended up stabilizing the Brewers’ rotation at a time when they were struggling to find five bodies to fill the rotation.
The 28-year-old right-hander ended up putting up one of the best runs of his career, with a 2.45 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 56 batters in 58.2 innings while keeping runners off base at a rate that he never had previously.
Lyles was one of the players David Stearns mentioned being interested in bringing back, but it appears he wasn’t willing to do so at $8 million per year. The Rangers, meanwhile, are expected to be one of the more active teams this offseason, trying to generate buzz as they get ready to move into a new ballpark.
The Brewers will now have to look elsewhere to fill a spot in their rotation, which currently appears to have at least a couple openings behind Brandon Woodruff, Adrian Houser and Eric Lauer.
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