Corey Hart fizzled in the second round of the Home Run Derby last night, but he’s still sizzling as a trade commodity. Today John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants — who we’ve known are interested for a while now — the Rays
and the Padres are all interested in the Brewers’ outfielder.
Given the competition, Milwaukee should be able to make out nicely on the guy. A guy who was on
the brink of being benched as the season kicked off, by the way. Now, however, Hart is hitting .288/.349/.569
with 21 home runs and 65 RBI in 338 plate appearances. All three of those teams could desperately use a bat with some whump to it and you can imagine that they’ll never surrender until he’s traded.
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.