This is pretty interesting:
The champions of U.S. Major League Baseball could face the champions
of Japanese professional baseball in a regular Global World Series
under a plan being discussed by the two countries.
meetings with Japanese commissioner Ryozo Kato in Milwaukee, MLB
commissioner Bud Selig proposed that the Japanese and U.S. champions
play each other, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Thursday.
According to the story, Selig would like to see this happen before his tenure ends, which will be 2012 unless he pulls another Favre.
Cool if they can pull this off, but I have a hard, hard time seeing this actually happening, however, mostly because of pitcher use issues. Are the Yankees really going to want to see CC Sabathia pitch 200+ regular season innings, then 40 more innings in the playoffs, and then fly to Japan and pitch another 15-20 innings against Yomiuri? And if they’re not going to use the best of the best, what’s the point?
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.