Dodgers have tons of holes to fill and little money to fill them

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Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts put together an interesting piece breaking down the Dodgers’ projected payroll for next season, concluding that they will have spent about $90 million “before they make a single offseason move.”
Obviously the Dodgers have plenty of holes to fill and because of the ugly ownership situation it’s unclear if they’ll even have much payroll space above that $90 million. Part of the problem is that they’ll be paying around $17 million next season to Jason Schmidt, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre, none of whom are actually still on the team.
Weisman does the math and speculates that the Dodgers “almost certainly will trade or non-tender” at least one of Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney, or Russell Martin. Even setting aside the payroll issues Broxton and Kemp seem pretty likely to be shopped hard by general manager Ned Colletti, and they’re slated to make a combined $14 million or so in 2011.

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.