Orlando Cabrera to Twins

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Another deal!

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Even though our own Aaron Gleeman wasn’t a huge fan of the idea,
the Twins have reportedly traded for shortstop Orlando Cabrera,
acquiring him from the Athletics in exchange for minor-league infielder
Tyler Ladendorf.

Cabrera got hot at the right time, batting .373/.400/.500 with two
homers, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases in July. He currently leads the
majors with 41 hits this month. He will be a free agent at the end of
the season.

The benefit is obvious for the Twins here. They upgrade from
shortstop options (Nick Punto, Brendan Harris) that have combined for a
.241/.303/.330 line this season.

Update: In a post to Twitter, LaVelle E. Neal III says the Twins are also getting cash in the deal.

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.