Rockies sign Jordan Lyles to avoid arbitration

September 21 2016: Colorado Rockies Relief Pitcher, Jordan Lyles (24) during a regular season Major League Baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)
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The Colorado Rockies have signed right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles for $3.175 million to avoid arbitration, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old righty was able to make 40 appearances for the Rockies last season, five of which were starts. Over that five-game sample, Lyles went 1-2 with an 8.55 ERA alongside 12 strikeouts in contrast to 14 walks, but was able to improve on those numbers after being moved to the bullpen in June. In his new role he posted a 3-3 record with a 4.42 ERA, 14 walks, 20 strikeouts and one save.

Lyles made his way to Colorado in December 2013 from the Houston Astros. Houston received center fielder Dexter Fowler in that deal while fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes made his way to the Rockies as well. Houston, the team that originally picked up Lyles, selected him with the No. 38 overall pick back in the 2008 MLB Draft. He made his big league debut in 2011 – a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, in which he ate up more than seven innings.

The Rockies righty’s best season came during the 2014 campaign, his first at Coors Field. He drummed up a 7-4 record and a 4.33 ERA over 126.2 innings. The altitude and growing pains of pitching at Coors Field may have gotten to him, however, because he compiled a 6-10 record the following two seasons and worked an back-to-back 5.00-plus ERAs.

Over the span of his six-year, major-league career, Lyles is 27-43 with a 5.17 ERA and 411 strikeouts and 210 walks in 611.1 innings pitched.

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