Jedd Gyorko signed a six-year, $35 million contract with the Padres last April after just one full season in the majors. Since then he’s hit .210 in 157 games and today the Padres demoted the 26-year-old second baseman to Triple-A.
Gyorko had a rough, injury filled 2014 season and he’s been even less productive this year, hitting .210 with two homers and a .593 OPS in 46 games.
Of late manager Bud Black has turned to Cory Spangenberg as the primary second baseman, leaving Gyorko without much of a role. He totaled just six plate appearances this month, all of them coming off the bench, and hasn’t started back-to-back games since May 19 and 20. Which is odd considering he hit .279 with a .796 OPS in May, showing signs of life.
Gyorko remains part of the Padres’ plans by virtue of being owed $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018, and $13 million in 2019. And right now he looks like a prime example of how not all early long-term extensions for promising young players end up favoring the team.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).