Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post passes along news from Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Marlins are “leaning towards” keeping Edwin Rodriguez as manager for at least one more year.
Rodriguez led the Marlins to a 46-46 record after replacing Fredi Gonzalez as manager in late-June. He was told that he would be considered for managerial gig this offseason, but as of two weeks ago, he hadn’t heard anything from the team.
It looks like he may have to continue waiting by the phone. Earlier today, Marlins president David Samson told Rodriguez that the team was still having internal discussions about filling the position and hadn’t even contacted or interviewed anyone yet.
It appears that the Marlins are back to square one with their search after Bobby Valentine recently withdrew from consideration for the job. Bo Porter, who served as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach this season and as Marlins’ third base coach/outfield coach from 2007-09, is also believed to be a candidate.
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.