Orlando Hernandez sued for $900,000 in shady business deal

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In a Miami Herald article that is far too long and complicated to accurately describe in this space, “a pair of Miami entrepreneurs” have sued Orlando Hernandez and his manager for $900,000 as part of a disagreement over “the idea for a water-saving device.”
According to the suit, Hernandez and manager Juan Carlos Collar loaned them money to start the company “at illegal interest rates” before trying to steal the idea after the inventors “got all star-struck with who was investing in their company.”
Also of note is that Collar reportedly “sunk $250,000 into an infomercial featuring Hernandez … which yielded just $40,000 in revenue.” I’d say more, but a) Craig is supposed to be the lawyer here, and b) the whole article is definitely worth reading.
Hernandez has yet to pitch after the 44-year-old signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals a few weeks ago. And last month his half-brother Gerardo Regalado murdered four people and wounded three others before shooting and killing himself.

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.