Wednesday, December 9, 2009

So there's your other closer

Fox 26 is reporting that the Astros have signed Brandon Lyon to a three-year deal, pending a physical.

Lyon turned 30 this summer and posted a 2.86 ERA/1.11 WHIP for Detroit. He had a 57K:31BB ratio.

He throws a 92mph fastball, 89mph slider, 90mph cutter, 77mph curveball, and an 86mph changeup.

The question, though, is, of course (that's four commas to six words): How much will he cost?

Lyon made $4.25m with the Tigers last season.

Newcomer, who is in the know, says he's a Type B free agent, so the Tigers will be getting a supplemental pick.

UPDATE: Rosenthal says that Lyon was pursuing a 3-year, $15 million deal - but the Astros preferred to give him two years and a club option. So we'll see what shakes out. Then there's this:

Both Lindstrom and Lyon have closed in the past, but most industry observers view them more as setup men.

UPDATED UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal is saying the deal is for three years, and $15 million.