Royals sign RHP Lyles to 2-year deal, hope for many innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals announced their $17 million, two-year deal with right-hander Jordan Lyles a week after agreeing to terms with him. The Royals made space for him by designating for assignment first baseman Ryan O’Hearn. They had just re-signed O’Hearn last month to a $1.4 million contract to avoid salary arbitration. The 32-year-old Lyles is being counted on to pitch a lot of innings for Kansas City, and potentially take some of the strain off its young and promising staff. Lyles was 12-11 with a 4.42 ERA last season in his lone year with Baltimore.

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