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Monday, February 10, 2014

Angels sign pitcher Brandon Lyon to minor league contract


By on 2/10/2014 03:30:00 PM

The Los Angeles Angels struggled to a 78-win season last year, much of which can be attributed to weak pitching which ranked near the bottom of the league in ERA and WHIP.  The Angels head into spring training with 22 pitchers on their 40-man roster.  In attempts to bolster competition even further, the Angels signed veteran right-handed pitcher Brandon Lyon to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.





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Jeff Fletcher,  Angels beat writer for the Orange County Register, tweeted the following, confirming the signing of Lyon.
Lyon figures to try and compete for a spot in the Angles bullpen with 15 other relief pitchers on the 40-man roster. Although Lyon has experience that many others competing for a spot do not have, it appears he will be a long shot to make the team.

Lyon was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 199. The well-traveled veteran has played for the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Tigers, Astros and Mets.  Last season, he was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 37 games with the Mets before released in July. The Red Sox signed Lyon but never gave him a shot at the major league level.  In 572 career games, Lyon is 42-47 with a 4.16 ERA.

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