Rockies ink Street, Betancourt to multi-year deals

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With the deadline to submit figures for arbitration looming, the Rockies have agreed to multi-year deals with arbitration-eligible relievers Huston Street and Rafael Betancourt.
According to FOXSports.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, Betancourt will get $7.5 million over two years while Street’s deal is worth $22.5 million over three years with an option for 2013.
Colorado had previously declined a $5.4 million option on Betancourt for 2010, so $3.75 million per season represents a discount of sorts even if that’s still paying a premium for middle relief. Betancourt had a 2.73 ERA and 61/20 K/BB ratio in 56 innings split between Cleveland and Colorado last season, but struggled in 2008 and turns 35 years old soon.
Street likely would have been in line for around $7 million via arbitration and could have hit the open market following the season, so the Rockies essentially paid about $15 million for his first two seasons of free agency. That’s definitely pricey for a reliever, but Street is a 26-year-old with a 2.91 career ERA who saved 35 games with a 3.06 ERA, .194 opponents’ batting average, and 70/13 K/BB ratio during his first season in Colorado. He’s a legitimately elite reliever who’ll be just 29 when the contract ends.
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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.