Chuck Knoblauch pleads guilty to spousal abuse

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Knoblauch.jpgAn ugly scene involving the former Twins and Yankees second baseman comes to a close:

Former New York
Yankees star Chuck Knoblauch pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor
charge of assaulting of a family member in exchange for a year of
deferred adjudication, according to court records.

The Houston native
was accused of choking his wife, Stacey Stelmach on Sept. 25, 2009,
after drinking and taking the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax,
prosecutors said.

Among the noted side effects of Xanax are aggression, rage, hostility, mania, agitation and restlessness. Combining it with alcohol is considered highly dangerous, and has been linked to behavioral changes and other nastiness.  Maybe it’s time Knoblauch gave up both.

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.