INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reliever Brandon Lyon reached a preliminary agreement with the Houston Astros on a $15 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.
The deal is subject to the 30-year-old right-hander passing a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.
Lyon will get $4.25 million next year, $5.25 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012.
He was 6-5 with three saves and a 2.86 ERA last season for Detroit and made $4.25 million. Overall, he is 27-34 with a 54 saves and a 4.20 ERA in eight major league seasons. Lyon had a career-best 26 saves for Arizona in 2008.
A day earlier, Houston acquired hard-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom from Florida for two minor leaguers - right-hander Robert Bono and infielder Luis Bryan - and a player to be named. On Thursday, the Astros sent Jorge Jimenez to the Marlins to complete the trade after selecting the infielder from the Boston Red Sox organization in the winter meeting draft.