Here’s an interesting one.
According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs.
Davis, who turns 24 in March, has a modest .248/.300/.459 batting line at the big league level and has struggled to make contact, but could be a solution for the Cubs at first base. If they agree on a deal, that probably means the Cubs are out on free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena.
It’s not clear who the Rangers want in return, but it’s possible that they could covet either Robinson Chirinos or Welington Castillo, two young catchers who are currently blocked by Geovany Soto with the big club. Then again, the Rangers just gave a two-year, $6.25 million contract to Yorvit Torrealba, so what do I know? In any case, expect more players involved in the deal, if it happens. It’s even possible that they could be targeting a specific prospect to use in a trade for Zack Greinke or Matt Garza.
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.