Jordan Lyles could be Pirates’ answer to Ivan Nova void
The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t taking their pitching staff for granted this offseason, even though they felt comfortable trading workhorse starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the Chicago White Sox.
Nova’s vacant spot on the staff, if not the starting rotation, could be taken by Jordan Lyles, an eight-year veteran who has pitched for four major-league teams. Lyles and the Pirates have agreed on a one-year, $2.05 million contract, pending a physical examination, according to the New York Post.
Lyles, a first-round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 2008, split the 2018 season between the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers. Overall last season, he was 3-4, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.266 WHIP, recording 84 strikeouts and 28 walks and giving up 12 home runs in 87 2/3 innings.
Prior to last season, Lyles, 28, spent four seasons with the Colorado Rockies.
Lyles could pitch in long relief or in the starting rotation for the Pirates. He might even assume the role of opener. The Pirates are discussing the possibility of using a relief pitcher to start some games and pitch limited innings.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.