J.C. Bradbury of the incredible site Sabernomics evaluates the Lyon signing:
Over the past three seasons he’s had a 2.11 K/BB and given up 0.7 HRs per game. He’s not a stud, but he’s a dependable pitcher who can handle late inning opportunities when the game is close. I’ve got him valued at $17.5 million over the next three seasons, so the deal seems about right to me."
Meanwhile, over at The Ghost of Moonlight Graham, they say:
I fully expect this to be a disaster and midway through the season Lyon will lose his job to the newly acquired Matt Lindstrom. Lyon is just another bloated contract and a team full of them. This is a bad signing by the Astros.