Apparently veteran players like Milwaukee.
On the heels of Mike Cameron saying last week that he “would be willing to make a sacrifice” to re-sign with the Brewers, fellow impending free agent Trevor Hoffman said yesterday that he “would really like to come back” for another season.
I don’t want to start over in an another organization, I can tell you that. Everything has gone very well here. They’ve made me feel more than welcome. If I have the choice, I’d really like to come back here. But that isn’t my decision. And we’ll see what happens.
Hoffman is playing this season under a one-year contract that will end up paying him around $7 million once the dust settles on various incentives, so assuming that he’s willing to accept a similar deal for 2010 the Brewers would be crazy not to welcome him back.
Hoffman turns 42 years old next month, but has converted 32-of-35 save chances with a 1.96 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 41/11 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
His current adjusted ERA+ is 215, which would be the second-best total of Hoffman’s career after his amazing 263 mark in the 1998 season that saw him save 53 games with a 1.48 ERA for the NL champion Padres. It would also be the all-time record for adjusted ERA+ by a 41-year-old pitcher, topping the Hall of Fame pair Red Ruffing (196) and Cy Young (194).
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.