The Padres are in on Noah Lowry

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Noah Lowry headshot.jpgThe Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry.

Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100
starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to
procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib. His agent
Damon Lapa won’t take any offers for Lowry before a throwing session for interested parties later this month,
but sees the Padres as a good fit:

“I think it’s safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of
pitching for the Padres,” Lapa said. “… San Diego would not be a
difficult sell for us.”

As well he should. Lowry surely saw what pitching in Petco Park did for
his friend and former teammate Kevin Correia after the Padres inked him
to a minor league contract last winter. For a pitcher who’s looking to
get his career back on track, there’s few better landing spots than San
Diego.

The Giants are looking at Jarrod Dyson for center field

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The Giants, you have have heard, picked up Andrew McCutchen yesterday. As things currently stand, McCutchen is first on the depth chart at center field. That’s probably a placeholder situation, though, because (a) McCutchen really shouldn’t be playing center field anymore; and (b) the Giants know he shouldn’t be playing center field anymore. I mean, if an evil genie appeared and told Bruce Bochy he’d be granted any wish he wanted, but the price of it would be that McCutchen HAS to be his center fielder, I’m sure everyone would make do, but it’s not an ideal situation.

To that end, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that the Giants have free agent Jarrod Dyson in their sights. Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin are considered some backup options.

Dyson is obviously a superior defender, and he has some wheels too. The bat is no great shakes — he’s never been even a league average hitter in terms of OPS+ — but you can put up with the .251/.324/.350 with five homers and 30 RBI he posted in 2017 if you’re getting good leather in the spacious AT&T Park outfield. He’ll steal you some bases too, having swiped 28 in 111 games for the Mariners last season.

The big splash move would be to go get Lorenzo Cain, but that’ll cost the Giants, who are already near the luxury tax threshold, some more money. Dyson may be a better fit in light of that.