2014 Silver Slugger Award winners are announced

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The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger will be announced this evening (6:00 p.m. ET) during an hour-long special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top hitter at each position in both the American League and the National League. Votes are cast by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the names of this year’s recipients as they are announced:

American League

First Base:

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Second Base:

Jose Altuve, Astros

Shortstop:

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Outfield:

Mike Trout, Angels

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

Michael Brantley, Indians

Catcher:

Yan Gomes, Indians

Designated Hitter:

Victor Martinez, Tigers

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National League

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

Second Base:

Neil Walker, Pirates

Shortstop:

Ian Desmond, Nationals

Third Base:

Anthony Rendon, Nationals

Outfield:

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Justin Upton, Braves

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Catcher:

Buster Posey, Giants

Starting Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

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.