June 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Brandon Lyon (34) delivers to the plate during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 8-0. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Lyon Inks Minor League Deal With Angels


As we discussed in our Spring Training preview for the Los Angeles Angels, the team’s bullpen was quite a disappointment in 2013 and remains one of the biggest question marks for the team heading into 2014. That means there are a lot of moving parts as the pitchers and catchers file into camp, and quite a few arms will be contending for the few available roster spots.

You can add one more name to the list.

On Monday, the Angels signed veteran reliever Brandon Lyon to a minor league contract, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman at CBSSports.

The deal will include an invitation to camp, making Lyon one of many arms trying to help and correct what was the 26th ranked bullpen in baseball last season. Lyon, 34-years-old, spent 2013 with the New York Mets, posting a 2-2 record, a 4.98 ERA, and a 6.0 K/9 ratio before being released in July. He would sign on with the Boston Red Sox but never made it to the big league club and won his release again in August.

However, Lyon was coming off of a string of three consecutive solid seasons, pitching out of the Astros and Blue Jays bullpens. From 2010-2012, he averaged 54 appearances while posting a solid 3.84 ERA, 25 saves, and a 7.3 K/9 ratio. His game leverage index during that period was also an average of 1.3, showing he was trusted in higher-leverage situations.

Over the course of his career, the right-hander is 42-47 with 79 career saves. He holds a 4.16 ERA and a 6.1 K/9 ratio over the course of his 12-year career.

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