Kevin Towers could join the Yankees

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Former Padres GM Kevin Towers wants to serve as an advisor to an AL team this year so as to better position himself for any general manager openings that may pop up in the future.  According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, it looks like he may land with the Yankees.  He’s meeting with them, the Red Sox and the Mariners at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, but he’s got a close relationship with Cashman so the Bronx makes sense.

Towers has been lauded for being a good talent evaluator and an excellent dumpster diver.  Given that the Yankees tend not to sweat whether raw prospects have what it takes and given that they don’t do all that much bargain shopping, those skills won’t be all that necessary in New York.  Still, it’s nice to have a smart guy’s input, even if you’re the Yankees, so picking Towers up would be a good thing.

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.