The Yankees will not be signing Shohei Ohtani, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Ohtani’s representatives informed the Yankees that they will not be invited to make an in-person presentation. GM Brian Cashman said the news was “disappointing.”
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants and Mariners are two teams still in the running for Ohtani. And according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ohtani apparently prefers a smaller market on the West coast. The Mariners are believed to be the favorite. Cashman said he’d be excited if he were the GM of a West coast team in a smaller market.
Prior to Sunday, the Yankees were believed to be the favorites to land Ohtani as they had the second-largest amount of international spending money ($3.5 million) behind the Rangers ($3.55 million).
Other teams eliminated from the Ohtani sweepstakes: Red Sox, Pirates, Brewers, Blue Jays, Athletics, Twins, Diamondbacks, Mets, White Sox, Cardinals, Rays, Braves, Nationals.
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.