Bunches and bunches of random guys avoid arbitration

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Like we said earlier: tons of signings today. We’ve been highlighting the bigger names, but many, many more players are avoiding arbitration. Among the more notable ones:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, $2.4 million;
  • J.J. Hardy, Orioles. $5.5 million;
  • Carlos Quentin, White Sox, $5.05 million;
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, Athletics, $4.75 million;
  • Martin Prado, Braves, $3.1 million;
  • Boone Logan, Yankees, $1.2 million;
  • Phil Hughes, Yankees, $2.7 million;
  • Andy Sonnanstine, Rays, $912,500;
  • Kendry Morales, Angels, $2.95 million;
  • Joba Chamberlain, Yankees, $1.4 million;
  • Matt Garza, Cubs, $5.95 million.

There are a lot of things to say about some of these guys, but one observation I think is worth making right now: for the past several years we’ve witnessed the disappearance of baseball’s so-called middle class. There are lots of top end deals, and lots of low-dollar deals, but not much in between.  While that remains true of the multi-year deals, it does seem like there are more higher-priced single-year deals this year than in arbitration filing deadlines past.

We’ll wait for them to all come in and see if that holds up, but it’s the sense I have just from eyeballing it this afternoon.

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.