Padres, Yates agree to $7M deal; Pham gets $7.9M

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

SAN DIEGO (AP) >> All-Star closer Kirby Yates, who led the ma­jor leagues with 41 saves, agreed Fri­day to a one-year con­tract for $7,062,500 with the San Diego Padres.

Yates was named to his first All-Star team in his first full sea­son as closer. He had 101 strike­outs in 60 2/3 in­nings. He and the Padres have been dis­cussing a long-term deal.

San Diego agreed to deals with all of its ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers. New left fielder Tommy Pham got a $7.9 mil­lion deal, right-han­der Zach Davies a $5,250,000 con­tract and catcher Austin Hedges got $3 mil­lion.

The Padres agreed with right-han­der Dinel­son Lamet for $1.3 mil­lion, cen­ter fielder Manuel Mar­got for $2,475,000, right-han­der Luis Per­domo for $950,000 and left-han­der Matt Strahm for $1.4 mil­lion.

MIL­WAU­KEE (AP) >> In­fielder Jedd Gy­orko signed a $2 mil­lion, oneyear deal Fri­day with the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers that in­cludes a club op­tion for 2021.

The 31-year-old Gy­orko has played seven ma­jor league sea­sons with San Diego, St. Louis and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

He was ham­pered by in­juries in 2019 and bat­ted .174 with two homers in 62 games with the Car­di­nals and Dodgers. He had been a steady con­trib­u­tor prior to last sea­son and hit 30 homers for St. Louis in 2016.

A right-handed hit­ter with a sharp de­fen­sive rep­u­ta­tion, Gy­orko is ex­pected to split time with left-handed hit­ting Eric Sog­ard at third base af­ter Mike Mous­takas and Travis Shaw left Mil­wau­kee as free agents. Gy­orko has also played sec­ond base, first base and short­stop, al­though he’s un­likely to play much short go­ing for­ward.

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) >> Rob Pelinka was given the ti­tle of vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions by the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Fri­day, al­most three years af­ter the for­mer agent was hired as gen­eral man­ager.

The Lak­ers made the an­nounce­ment be­fore the team’s game in Dal­las.

Pelinka joined the Lak­ers in March 2017 and has over­seen the free agent sign­ing of LeBron James and the block­buster trade this past off­sea­son that brought in An­thony Davis.

The 50-year-old Pelinka took on a more sig­nif­i­cant role with Magic John­son’s sur­pris­ing res­ig­na­tion as pres­i­dent bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions on the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son last spring.

Pelinka had been an agent for al­most 20 years when the Lak­ers hired him in the mid­dle of a fran­chise-worst six-year run of miss­ing the play­offs. With the best record in the Western Con­fer­ence,

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