Michael Saunders and Brandon Belt win the All-Star Final Vote

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The Final Vote for the final All-Star slot on each team concluded at 4pm eastern today. If you were on Twitter it was impossible to avoid the hashtags. Clearly, it’s the best form of democracy we have to offer. Anyway, the winners are in: Michael Saunders of the Blue Jays and and Brandon Belt of the Giants.

Belt just edged out yesterday’s leader, Starling Marte, who finished second. Then came Trevor Story of the Rockies, Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks and Ryan Braun of the Brewers who, shockingly, did not win a fan popularity contest. Didn’t see that one coming.

In the AL Saunders beat out George Springer of the Astros, Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox, Ian Kinsler of the Tigers and Evan Longoria of the Rays.

So there’s your last All-Stars. At least until the next five guys get replaced for injuries and things.

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.