D'Backs Talk Extension With Lyon
According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have had "brief discussions" with reliever Brandon Lyon about a multiyear deal.
Lyon is one of a handful of players who will be free agents after the 2008 season and under 30 years old for the '09 season. Here's the wrinkle in Lyon signing a long-term deal now - he probably wouldn't get closer money, but could spend 2008 in the role. So, his agent feels that he might miss out if he signs for, say, two years and $8MM right now and then racks up 35 saves during the season. You can't have your cake and eat it too, I guess. Lyon could regret not signing now, if he gets hurt this season or Tony Pena ends up snagging most of the save opportunities.