Phil Mickelson close to becoming part-owner of Padres

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While appearing at last night’s Chargers game golfer Phil Mickelson talked about his plans to join the Padres’ new ownership group as a minority partner.

“We’ll hopefully have something here shortly to announce,” Mickelson said, via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union Tribune. “I’m really excited about working with Peter Seidler and the O’Malley family. We understand each other’s concerns and work well together.”

Mickelson has been linked to the new ownership for a while now, but when the official paperwork for the sale was submitted in August his name was nowhere to be found. However, that seems to be merely a formality.

Mickelson has nearly $70 million in career earnings from the PGA tour alone, which ranks second in golf history, and that’s not even counting his significant endorsement revenue. He was born in San Diego before going to Arizona State for college.

Reds ink Oliver Perez to a minor-league deal

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The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.

Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.

While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.