Pirates sign pitcher Jordan Lyles to a 1-year deal
On Monday December 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced the signing of Jordan Lyles to a 1-year contract. In 2018, Lyles was 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA (87.2ip/40er) and 84 strikeouts in 35 appearances in 87.2 innings with the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
The 28-year-old righthander has pitched eight seasons in the big leagues with Houston (2011-2013), Colorado (2014-2017), San Diego (2017-2018) and Milwaukee (2018) and was originally drafted by Houston 38th overall in the supplemental first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
“We are pleased to add Jordan Lyles to our Major League pitching staff,” said Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. “Jordan has always had a quality pitch arsenal, and given his success after adjusting how he used his pitches during the 2018 season, he will have a legitimate opportunity to earn a spot in our rotation in 2019. We look forward to helping Jordan continue to bridge the gap between potential and performance”
Lyles started the season with the Padres, posting a 4.29 ERA in 24 games, eight of them starts. He was then claimed off waivers by the Brewers and had a 3.31 ERA and struck out 22 in 16⅓ innings working exclusively out of the bullpen in Milwaukee.