Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

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Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday.
McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is on the way out. McLeod is the ex-husband of Moores’ daughter, Jennifer. He’ll be named an assistant GM, and he’s expected to take over duties that had belonged to the recently dismissed Grady Fuson.
It’s a big loss for the Red Sox. McLeod was a leading figure in the drafts that produced Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz. Boston, though, could have been hit harder. Hoyer was turned down last month when he attempted to bring in Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen.

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.