D'Backs add Bob Howry on a one-year deal

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Bob Howry headshot.jpgNick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have come to terms with reliever Bob Howry on a one-year deal with a club option for 2011. The contract, believed to be in the area of $2-3 million, is contingent upon a physical.

Howry, 35, tallied a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/23 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3
innings (63 games) with the Giants last season. One of the game’s most
durable bullpen arms, he has made at least 63 appearances in each of
the last five seasons. The Arizona-native has a 3.36 ERA over 12 career
seasons.

Howry is yet another new piece for A.J. Hinch’s bullpen, as the
D’Backs picked up right-hander Aaron Heilman from the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers in November.

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.