PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have signed Cardinals left hander Tyler Lyons into a Minor League contract which contains an invitation to Major League Spring Training and a valid opportunity to create the big league team.

PiratesProspects.com first reported the news of Lyons’ Minor League deal.

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have signed Cardinals left hander Tyler Lyons into a Minor League contract which contains an invitation to Major League Spring Training and a valid opportunity to create the big league team.

PiratesProspects.com first reported the news of Lyons’ Minor League deal.

Lyons was stretched out to pitch more stints after St. Louis delivered him to Triple-A last August, however his greatest road to the Pirates’ Opening Day roster is through the bullpen. Pittsburgh simply has two left-handed pitchers on its 40-man roster: closer Felipe Vazquez and fifth starter/long relief candidate Steven Brault.

Lyons, 30, put up excellent numbers from the Cardinals’ bullpen in 20 17. The lefty published a 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 2.86 FIP using 6-8 strikeouts in 54 innings over 50 looks. He struggled last season, but recording an 8.64 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 27 excursions before St. Louis designated him for assignment on July 27.

Lyons was sidelined last season by way of a mid-back breed in might and an elbow sprain in June. The lefty relies heavily on his slider, that he drove 56.5 percent of the period last season. In addition, he throws a four-seam fastball that clocks in around 90 mph, a sinker and a changeup.

Lyons was more effective against left-handed hitters during his Major League career, limiting them into a .203/.286/.320 slash line while right handers have shrunk .254/.312/.450 contrary to him. He has maintained the Pirates in check, too, holding their hitters to a joint .232/.271/.369 line since his debut in 2013.

The Pirates’ bullpen appears to be mostly set. There should be two long relievers from the trio of Brault, Nick Kingham and Jordan Lyles, together with the other pitcher likely rounding from the rotation. That leaves one or even two open spots, based upon the Pirates’ roster makeup; they began a year with eight relievers.

Righthander Nick Burdi is still bound by Rule 5 restrictions which improve his likelihood of making the Opening Day roster,” and the Pirates believed in righty Michael Feliz enough to create him a setup man early final season. Lyons could get an advantage as a skilled lefty, but especially if he returns to his 20 17 form.

No go to Tulo
Veteran infielder Troy Tulowitzki agreed to sign up a league-minimum contract with the Yankees, according to multiple reports, eliminating you logical (and low-cost) shortstop alternative for the Pirates. Pittsburgh allegedly expressed interest in signing Tulowitzki, that was released by Toronto last month, nevertheless the five-time All-Star allegedly chosen to register with nyc .

The Yankees could possibly offer Tulowitzki ancient season playing time while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery — unless they register freeagent Manny Machado to play shortstop. The Pirates also could have given Tulowitzki a shot in their starting job in front of internal options Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman.

Pittsburgh could choose to move forward together with Gonzalez and Newman, however there are a handful of qualified free agents still available and a few regular shortstop chances available. The most notable free-agent shortstops have been Jose Iglesias, Freddy Galvis and Adeiny Hechavarria. The Pirates have a close look at Hechavarria after obtaining him in August, and the New York Post reported that the Bucs have curiosity about Galvis.