Quote of the Day: Bob Gibson re: steroids

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Guys have always been cheating. Period. It just takes a little
different form today. I’m just glad they didn’t have steroids when I
was playing. I don’t know what I would have done. It’s very difficult
to go out and perform when you know the guy next to you is taking
steroids or some kind of drug to make you perform better and not do it
yourself, to let this guy get an edge on you . . .

. . . I don’t know that I really criticize the guys. Whoever the
first guy is that started it, that’s the guy I criticize. The rest of
the guys just followed suit. I don’t think its OK. I’m not sanctioning
it, but I understand why it happens.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson
(link launches a podcast), stating that while he thinks steroids is a
bad idea and shouldn’t be in baseball, the players shouldn’t be
vilified for trying to keep up with the competition. How reasonable.
Why is it that so few other people can apply a similar brand of reason to the steroids debate?

Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.