Carlos Beltran doesn’t want to be a DH

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Trading Carlos Beltran depends a lot on Carlos Beltran, given his full no-trade clause.  And, as David Lennon of Newsday reports, Beltran may be prepared to use it if the Mets plan on trading him to certain types of teams.  Here’s Lennon:

… the most coveted outfielder on the trade market has told friends that he prefers to stay in the National League , according to people familiar with his situation. Beltran also told Newsday this week that two other critical factors will influence his decision — the quality of a team’s pitching staff and his aversion to being the DH.

He hasn’t ruled out a trade to the AL publicly, but doing so would make little sense for him because he’d just be painted as a pain in the butt if he did.  The only time where Beltran’s preferences truly matter are when the Mets approach him and he is forced to give the deal a yes or no vote. And, if Lennon’s sources are right, he may be far less willing to move to the junior circuit.

 

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.