Picture of the Day: Lorde gets an autographed Royals jersey from George Brett

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Singer-songwriter Lorde has said that an old photograph of “some dude” in a Royals jersey from National Geographic is what inspired the Grammy Award-winning song “Royals.” That dude turned out to be Hall of Famer George Brett. Lorde’s tour made its way through Kansas City last night, so it only makes sense that Brett sent her some some gifts on behalf of the Royals:

The inscription from Brett reads,” Lorde, you are Royal to me.” Well, isn’t that sweet. Brett had the Royals give her an autographed copy of the aforementioned picture.

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.