Reds general manager Walt Jocketty’s four-year contract is up after this season, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that he “bristled” when asked about his future with the team and declined to discuss the topic:
I don’t want to talk about my situation. It’s like any other contract. I don’t like talking about it. It’s not for public consumption. It’s not worth commenting on it.
Sheldon notes that Jocketty typcially refuses to publicly discuss contract matters regarding players, so taking that same stance about his own situation may not mean anything. Of course, he did speak somewhat openly recently about the team’s $12 million option on Francisco Cordero for 2012.
Cincinnati has taken a big step backward this season, going from a division-winning 91-71 last season to third place at 71-76 this year, but Jocketty is only about 10 months removed from winning executive of the year honors and it’s hard to imagine the Reds’ ownership not wanting him back.
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.