Earlier this week Terry Francona said that Adrian Gonzalez’s recent struggles were due to his bad neck. Gonzalez dismissed that after another bad night last night:
“I’m not hitting because my swing isn’t good right now, not because of my neck”
Not that this absolves his neck. He says that the swing is messed up because the original neck problem — which he says is fine now — caused him to screw with his swing, and he hasn’t gotten it back yet.
In other news, I wonder what percentage of a given fan base cares why someone isn’t hitting as opposed to merely caring that he’s not hitting.
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.