Aramis Ramirez isn't going to replace Chipper Jones in Atlanta

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Yesterday there was some speculation that the Braves pulled their large contract offer to 18th-round draft pick Zach Alvord in order to set that money aside to potentially claim Aramis Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com quickly threw cold water on the report by noting that clearing payroll room for this season isn’t really the issue, as Ramirez can exercise a $14.6 million player option for 2011. He also has a $16 million option for 2012 that becomes guaranteed if he’s traded, so that won’t even work.
And then just to squash the speculation completely, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution asked Frank Wren about whether the pulled offer to Alvord had anything to do with Ramirez and the general manager replied: “No relationship at all.”

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.