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Brandon Lyon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dixie (UT) JC
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Brandon Lyon has elected free agency.
Lyon, 34, had a 4.08 ERA and 9/8 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate. He'll hope to find a better situation elsewhere. May 20 - 1:06 PM

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Angels signed RHP Brandon Lyon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lyon was released by the Mets last July after posting a 4.93 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 37 relief appearances. He then signed on with the Red Sox but never got a look at the major league level. The 34-year-old right-hander will struggle to make Anaheim's roster.
Feb 10 - 2:30 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that "a least a couple" teams have shown interest in Brandon Lyon.

Lyon was cut loose by the Mets last July after posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 37 appearances. He was quickly scooped up by Red Sox but then exercised an opt-out clause when he wasn't called up. The veteran reliever can surely be had on a minor league deal.
Feb 7 - 4:10 PM

Red Sox released RHP Brandon Lyon.

Lyon allowed just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket and chose to exercise his opt-out clause when it became apparent that there wasn't a spot for him in the Red Sox' bullpen. He'll now look for a better opportunity elsewhere.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 06:48:00 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Brandon Lyon to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lyon was released by the Mets earlier this month after posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 37 appearances. His velocity has been down this season, but it's possible he still has enough left in the tank to help out in middle relief.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Mets released RHP Brandon Lyon.

Lyon was designated for assignment on July 4 and passed through waivers without a claim. He had a rough 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 37 appearances with New York.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 05:25:00 PM

Mets designated RHP Brandon Lyon for assignment.

The Mets signed Lyon cheaply over the offseason, but he disappointed with a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 37 appearances and showed diminished velocity. His ERA was sitting at 3.12 just three weeks ago, though, so the Mets could be able to find someone willing to trade for him. Either way, it shouldn't take Lyon long to find a new home.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 07:49:00 PM

Brandon Lyon is enjoying his first season in Queens, recording a 3.06 ERA through 21 appearances.

New York guaranteed Lyon less than a million bucks as a free agent this winter, an investment that is paying off nicely. The veteran reliever has five holds, a 1.08 WHIP and 16/4 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. Lyon registered a solid 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings last season between the Astros and Blue Jays.
Fri, May 24, 2013 03:10:00 AM

Brandon Lyon said Tuesday morning that he's not aiming to take Frank Francisco's closer job.

"I’m here to make everyone else better, and be consistent," said Lyon, who signed a one-year contract with the Mets last week. "That’s where I want to be in my career. … If I can make the team better and everyone else in the bullpen better, that’s what I’m going to do." Lyon is saying all the right things right now, but he might eventually find himself in the closer role if Francisco continues to struggle.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Mets signed RHP Brandon Lyon to a one-year contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that Lyon will earn between $750,000-900,000, with incentives that could bump the total to $2.4 million. It's a solid, low-risk move by the Mets, who could use some stability towards the back-end of their bullpen with the lack of confidence in Frank Francisco. Lyon registered a solid 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings last season between the Astros and Blue Jays.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 01:22:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brandon Lyon will receive between $750,000-900,000 in base pay in his deal with the Mets.

It's an incentive-laden deal, as Lyon will have a chance to bump the total up to $2.4 million. Rosenthal says the two sides are "negotiating the final details" before the deal becomes official. Lyon registered a solid 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings last season between the Astros and Blue Jays. He'll work as a setup man in New York.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 11:18:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have reached a one-year deal with reliever Brandon Lyon.

Lyon registered a solid 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings last season between the Astros and Blue Jays. He will function initially as a setup man for the Mets but could eventually see save opportunities if Frank Francisco's struggles continue. No word yet on the financial terms of the agreement.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 10:00:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are closing in on a deal with free agent Brandon Lyon.

Lyon posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 61 innings for the Astros and Blue Jays in 2012. If signed, he'll be the third right-handed reliever the Mets have added this week after signing LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison. Lyon is expected to be used in a setup role with the Mets, but has closing experience and will serve as insurance behind Frank Francisco.
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 04:24:00 PM

ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports that free agent Brandon Lyon is currently talking to several teams, though no signing is imminent.

It had been reported a few weeks ago that Lyon was in deep discussions to join the Giants, but their interest seems to have cooled some. Lyon posted a solid 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 61 innings for the Astros in Blue Jays in 2012, and is one of the top relievers remaining on the free agent market.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:16:00 PM

CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants are in "deep discussions" with Brandon Lyon.

Baggarly suspects that signing Lyon could be San Francisco's final offseason move -- meaning Brian Wilson will be headed elsewhere. Lyon, a 33-year-old free agent right-hander, posted a cool 3.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 61 innings last season between the Astros and Blue Jays. He'd operate in middle relief for the defending World Series champs.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Hank Conger
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Howie Kendrick
SS1Erick Aybar
2John McDonald
3B1David Freese
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3Brennan Boesch
DH1Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Garrett Richards
4Tyler Skaggs
5Matt Shoemaker
6Hector Santiago
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Jason Grilli
4Kevin Jepsen
5Joe Thatcher
6Mike Morin
7Cory Rasmus
8Fernando Salas
9Vinnie Pestano
10Sean Burnett
11Brian Moran
12Ryan Brasier