Mets drop out of bidding for Chapman

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According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, the Mets have dropped out of the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes. The team reportedly scoffed at the southpaw’s demands after being told that he wanted up to $60 million to sign.



The Mets have plenty of other holes
to fill on their ballclub, namely left field, so it’s no surprise to see that they have
passed on the Cuban import, but the fact that they have already dropped
out of the running makes one wonder how interested clubs like the
Orioles, Athletics and Blue Jays have a realistic shot to land him.




The Red Sox and Yankees have been
among the most aggressive suitors while the Cardinals plan to meet with
the 21-year-old fireballer this week. With such a weak market for
free-agent pitchers, Chapman should be rewarded handsomely for his
decision to leave Cuba. Whether he’s actually ready to be a top-flight
major league starter is a rather expensive mystery.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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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.