Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, who turns 38 years old in less than three weeks, is considering retiring after the season. In his first year with the Marlins following a three-year stint in Philadelphia, Polanco has posted a .251/.306/.290 line while staying healthy for most of the season.
Via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel, Polanco would only be interested in prolonging his Major League career if he can stay close to his family.
“It has to be close to home. I have to see what’s out there, but the kids, the wife and family is probably ready for me to be home now. This year was really good, the fact I was at home most of the time. It seems like the season went by quick and everybody was happy.”
Polanco’s stipulation essentially limits his potential suitors in 2014 to the Marlins, Rays, and Braves.
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.