Yoenis Cespedes turned the Mets’ second inning against the Rockies on Friday night from good to great, bumping the lead up to 7-1 when he drilled a Jon Gray offering just over the fence in right field at Coors Field for a grand slam. The ball bounced off of the top of the wall and landed in the crowd closer to the right field foul ball before returning to the right field grass.
Cespedes would add a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning, and a two-run shot in the sixth, leaving him a three-run homer away from the home run cycle. He also doubled and scored in the first inning. He attempted to record a four-homer game, but singled to right field in the eighth inning, completing a 5-for-6 night. He scored five runs, drove in seven runs, and stole a base.
Cespedes is batting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBI since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Combined with his time with the Tigers, he’s batting .297 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI.
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.