Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

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What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender.

The Red Sox and Indians are among the teams that have reportedly shown interest in the 30-year-old, but the Cubs envision him as a member of their team next season.

The versatile Baker is batting .304/.324/.442 with two homers and 18 RBI over 139 plate appearances this season, including a .375 batting average (27-for-72) and .920 OPS against left-handed pitching. He is earning $1.175 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

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.