Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

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Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts:

1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s agents should have saved the $500 and just sent the magic beans; and

2. I hope that Crawford’s people also pre-loaded the NBC Sports Talk app, so that the teams can stay up-to-the-minute on all of the news and rumors we dish out here at HardballTalk, thereby keeping them one step ahead of the competition! Versions for the iPhone and Droid should be coming soon too!

(Too subtle? No? Good. I didn’t want my covert promotional item to be lost in nuance)

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.