Major League Baseball needs more livestock on the field

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Michael Taylor.jpgAthletics’ prospect Michael Taylor spent the winter playing in Mexico. Sounds fun:

“Animals on the field. Like chickens and stuff like that. People having
barbecues in the stands. Just piling up firewood. The passion. They had
bands, a lot of live music,” he said yesterday at Phoenix Municipal
Stadium.

“It was just a different environment. Baseball fans usually cheer
when something happens on the field. These guys were cheering, singing,
dancing the entire game. And the mascots are crazy. The mascots would
be on the field, too. Dancing and doing shows. It’s kind of different
to be in rightfield and have a mascot 60 feet from you doing a dance
with another mascot. During play. They’re involved. It’s a show.”

U.S. baseball hasn’t been that fun since they banned ten cent beer night.  In other news, Taylor bears his fellow Stanford alum Ruben Amaro Jr. for trading him as part of the Roy Halladay deal:

Asked if Amaro had broken some sort of Cardinal code, he laughed.

“No, he actually upheld the Stanford code, which is to make the best business deal possible,” Taylor said.

That’s the Stanford code? How . . . inspiring.

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.