The last we heard from Dodgers’ shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, he was scoring from first base on a bunt. That was pretty special. Also special: the Dodgers called him up this afternoon.
Gordon, the son of Tom “Flash” Gordon and the Dodgers’ top prospect by most experts’ reckoning, is as fast as they come. He stole 166 bases in 347 minor league games. He is reputed to have great range at short as well, though he’s far from sure-handed. He made 37 errors at Double-A in 2010. He already has 11 at Triple-A this year.
Gordon’s batting line is .315/.361/.370. No power to speak of, even at the altitude of Albuquerque, but he gets on base. As a lefty burner, I’m assuming a bunch of those were infield hits.
Gordon’s callup corresponds with a flurry of other Dodgers moves today: Jay Gibbons and Juan Castro were designated for assignment; Marcus Thames and Blake Hawksworth were activated from the disabled list and Ivan DeJesus Jr. was optioned to Triple-A.
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.