Jason Michaels is the envy of MLB outfielders, for now

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Here’s a surprising tidbit. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that Mike Cameron, Andruw Jones and Jason Michaels are the only outfielders to sign major league contracts this winter.
He doesn’t count Ken Griffey Jr. since he re-signed with the Mariners
before hitting the market, nor does he include Hideki Matsui, who
didn’t play a single game in the outfield last season.




Who’s left on the market? Matt
Holliday, Jason Bay and Johnny Damon are three of the most-talked
about, of course, but there are plenty more looking for new homes,
including Marlon Byrd, Jermaine Dye, Jack Cust, Jonny Gomes, Rick
Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Xavier Nady and even Vladimir Guerrero and Gary
Sheffield, though they would probably be more useful as designated
hitters.

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.