Yankees want Andruw Jones back in part-time role

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Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.”

Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but “understands he’s not going to be a full-time player.”

Jones earned $2 million this year, so a similar one-year deal could make sense for both sides assuming another team doesn’t step up to offer him 500 at-bats for the first time since 2007.

Despite an ugly .228 batting average Jones has posted a strong .816 OPS in 266 games since a disastrous 2008 season with the Dodgers, which is certainly good enough production for everyday playing time, but those numbers are boosted by his primarily being spotted versus left-handed pitching.

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.