Magic Johnson: hands-on owner

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Given his struggles in May, it seems like Matt Kemp’s hamstring is bugging him. Which makes his bravado from yesterday in which he said there’s no way he’s hitting the disabled list a bit troubling.  With the team doing well, now would be a great time for him to take a break, get healthy and come back at 100% for the bulk of the season.

But obviously Matt Kemp doesn’t listen to what I say.  Will he, however, listen to what team’s owner says?

 

Even if he is right, it’s interesting to see the new owner making a public statement like this.  And really: how awesome would it be if Magic began to routinely tweet his views about the day-to-day operations of the team?

  • “Don Mattingly should hit and run here.”
  • “Clayton Kershaw should probably keep the ball down and away against this guy.”
  • “A.J. Ellis probably needs to mix up his signs with a runner on second base.”

He could be a more telegenic and amiable Steinbrenner.

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.