Jim Leyritz wrote a book

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I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because they published the thing:

Leyritz, now the pitching coach of the Newark Bears under manager Tim Raines in the independent Can-Am League, has written a book about his life, including the fatal accident and his journey through the legal system. It’s titled “Catching Heat” and was co-authored by Douglas B. Lyons and Jeffrey Lyons.

I have basic human empathy for just about everyone who goes through trouble in this world. Leyrtiz included. But there’s a difference between empathy and interest.  I link it because maybe someone feels differently and wants to hear about it all, but for my part, I’ll wait for a more uplifting story to come along.

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.