Royals on the Verge of Signing Veteran Starting Pitcher in Free Agency

Tyler Maher
The Kansas City Royals are close to signing a veteran pitcher in free agency.
The Kansas City Royals are close to signing a veteran pitcher in free agency. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Now that most of the big stars in this winter's free-agent class have already signed, teams are beginning to pick through the leftovers as they search for potential value signings.

One of those teams is the Kansas City Royals, who are reportedly close to signing a veteran starting pitchers to a multi-year deal.

Royals Free Agency Rumors

According to MLB insider Mark Feinsand, the Royals are believed to be nearing a two-year deal with veteran starting pitcher Jordan Lyles.

Lyles, 32, has already spent 12 seasons in the major leagues, pitching for seven different teams. He most recently pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in 2022, going 12-11 with a 4.42 ERA in 179 innings.

That was one of the better seasons of Lyles' career, as his performance has generally been below average. He has a career record of 66-90 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 1,326 1/3 innings.

One thing Lyles has been good at lately is chewing up innings. He's covered 359 frames since the beginning of 2021, which ranks 15th in baseball during that span.

Lyles is a solid depth option and back-of-the-rotation arm, but he won't do much to move the needle for a Royals team that finished last in the AL Central last year at 65-97. Kansas City has yet to add much impact talent this offseason, which explains why the team has the sixth-worst 2023 World Series odds (+15000) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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