Sergio Romo and the Giants put off contract talks until the offseason

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Sergio Romo is in the second year of a two-year, $9 million deal which took him through his arbitration years. With free agency looming, however, there will likely not be a new deal between the Giants and their closer. Jon Heyman reports that Romo and the team have agreed to hold off on contract talks, likely until the end of the season.

Committing big money to closers is usually a sucker’s bet, and that’s true even if Romo is currently 10-for-10 in save chances with 1.88 ERA so far this season. If I was Brian Sabean I’d wait too.

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.