Mike Lowell to make decision about retirement in September

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While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A yesterday Mike Lowell told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he “will let you know in September” whether he plans to retire after the season.
Lowell recently spent some time away from baseball at home in Miami and said the experience was “a nice glimpse of what it would be with my family and it made me really excited for that part of my life.”
Lowell is hoping to return from the disabled list early next month and presumably the “in September” decision timeline stems from the August 31 trade deadline. If another team steps up their interest in Lowell and brings him in to help down the stretch, it may convince him to play another season. If he goes unclaimed on waivers and the Red Sox can’t find a taker for him (or don’t use him themselves) then retirement may be the choice.
And of course any further setbacks with his hip problems could make the decision for him without any of that stuff coming into play.

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.