Kevin Towers is shacking up with the Yankees

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Any of you ever had to pay alimony?  And watched your ex move in with some rich flame? But they don’t get married, and even though you’re making minimum wage and he/she is eating steaks every night you still have to cut the check?  Yeah, that’s the Padres and Kevin Towers:

While former San Diego general manager Kevin Towers is expected to work
for the Yankees in the year ahead, he will not be given a formal title;
rather, he will be utilized as a consultant. The title matters, because
Towers is being paid by the Padres for the next year, and if the
Yankees were to give him some bells-and-whistles title, they would be
more at risk to have to pay him out of their own pockets.

Meanwhile the Padres are going on like that recently divorced buddy of yours:

“Hey, I saw Karen last night.”

“Oh, really? Did, did she look good?”

“Um, let’s just forget I mentioned it.”

“Was she with . . .HIM?!

Of course, the Padres dumped him so they shouldn’t be upset.  Not that that ever stops your buddy from going on and on.

Jimmy Nelson expected to miss “a chunk” of the 2018 season after shoulder surgery

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Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder. The hope was that it would be a routine procedure, but it ended up being more invasive than expected as he needed a labrum repair. Brewers GM David Stearns said Nelson will likely miss “a chunk” of the 2018 season.

Nelson, 28, ended his 2017 campaign with a 12-6 record, a 3.49 ERA, and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings. He is a big reason why the Brewers are still in contention in the NL Central and in the NL Wild Card race.

Nelson is under team control through 2020, so the Brewers don’t have any pressure to rush him back. The club should know more about his timetable in the offseason.

Padres sign Clayton Richard to a contract extension

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The Padres announced on Wednesday that the club signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a contract extension through the 2019 season. It’s a two-year, $6 million deal, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

Executive VP and GM A.J. Preller said, “Clayton has been a steadying presence in our rotation, both on and off the field. He has provided veteran leadership for our young ball club, and his tireless work ethic sets the standard among his peers. We’re extremely excited to have him in a Padres uniform for two more years.”

Richard, 34, is tied for the league lead in losses at 14. Along with that, he has a 4.82 ERA with a 136/55 K/BB ratio in 185 innings. The lefty earned $1.75 million in 2017 and was eligible to become a free agent after the season.