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Brandon Lyon opts out of Triple-A deal with the Angels

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 23: Brandon Lyon #34 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 8-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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Convinced the Angels weren’t going to call him up from Triple-A anytime soon, veteran reliever Brandon Lyon has opted out of his minor-league deal and become a free agent.

Lyon signed a minor-league contract with the Angels in February, but the 34-year-old right-hander was unimpressive at Triple-A with a 4.08 ERA and 9/8 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lyon was also sub par for the Mets last season before being released in July, but he was actually very effective in 2012.

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