The Dodgers and Cubs are talking Ted Lilly

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Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that the
Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for Ted Lilly and Ryan
Theriot.

The Dodgers have been connected with just about every pitcher on a “the Dodgers have inquired” basis, but this one may actually have some legs to it. Especially if what RosenMorosiThal is saying is true and the Cubs are going to kick money into the deal.

I have no idea why the Dodgers would want Theriot, however, because if I remember correctly they spent all winner stocking up on second basemen. Also worth noting that Cubs GM Jim Hendry has had a second baseman fetish for much of the past few years. Maybe he’s just started a twelve-step program or something.

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.