MLB.com gets in on the LeBron James circus for some reason

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Just in case you somehow didn’t get enough of the LeBron James media circus yesterday, this morning MLB.com had not one, not two, but three different baseball-related (sort of) articles about James:
* No LeBron in NY, but Yanks wish him well
* Marlins excited LeBron coming to town
* LeBron’s move doesn’t surprise Indians
If, say, Albert Pujols shocks everyone by leaving the Cardinals after next season and signs with another team, do you think NBA.com will have three articles about it? Just saying.

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.