Yankees prospect Jesus Montero has "minor" ankle surgery

Leave a comment

Yankees prospect Jesus Montero is expected to miss the Triple-A playoffs after undergoing what Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News calls “surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle.” But before prospect buffs and Yankees fans freak out too much, general manager Brian Cashman called the surgery “minor.”
Montero reportedly was almost traded to the Mariners for Cliff Lee, but instead stayed with the Yankees and hit .289/.353/.517 with 21 homers and 34 doubles in 123 games at Triple-A as a 20-year-old. Not only did Montero post the fifth-best OPS in the International League among hitters with at least 100 games, he did so as one of just two 20-year-olds in the entire league along with Freddie Freeman of the Braves.
Whether or not he’ll be able to remain a catcher long term is unclear, but there’s no doubting his bat.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

Getty Images
1 Comment

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.