John Lannan is still toiling away with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, but he isn’t a forgotten man.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers and Rockies have had recent discussions with the Nationals about a possible trade for the left-hander. However, a deal is not considered close.
The Rockies “kicked the tires” on Lannan and were turned off by the price while talks between the Nats and Dodgers were only preliminary. And it’s easy to understand why talks have failed to progress. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals want the acquiring team to cover the remainder of Lannan’s salary for this season (a little less than $3.5 million) and give up at least one legitimate player.
It’s highly unlikely the Nationals will find a team who will meet their demands, especially with Lannan posting an ugly 5.63 ERA and 28/22 K/BB ratio over 10 starts at the Triple-A level.
UPDATE: Lannan allowed one run in a complete game victory this evening. Get on the horn, Mike Rizzo!
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.