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.


Anonymous said...

if I do the match right..the Astros got 2 quality arms for less than half of what it would cost for Valve and Hawkie...Lyons pitched good last year..count him in for 60+ appearances...why are people freaking about this deal?? m.

Rob S said...

Im fine with both signings overall, even if $5 mil is a bit much for Lyons. Definitely one of those idiot/genius signings (more likely the initial) depending on his play this year. If we are truly rebuilding, we certainly need to shed salary and Im "ok" with lesser talent as replacements as long as the right decisions and priorities are made. I am also in the boat of letting some of your A-ball guys getting a shot. Im all for player development and bringing them up progressively, but at least you can see what you have albeit steaming dog poo or potential players or talent. I always thought that was an advantage of rebuilding by letting your farm system have some big league time.

As of right now, I do not want to go to a game just out of spite with the whole competitive, non-rebuilding garbage that keeps getting fed from the Astros Administration.