With the Yankees coming back to the pack in the AL East general manager Brian Cashman was asked yesterday whether manager Joe Girardi’s job could be in jeopardy.
His answer was a simple “no” and then when a follow-up question wondered whether Girardi’s job was safe regardless of how the Yankees finish the season his answer was an equally simply “yup.”
Two weeks ago Hal Steinbrenner told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that Girardi’s job was “not at all” at stake, so unless both men are being coy the manager isn’t going anywhere.
Girardi is under contract for next season at $3 million and despite struggling of late the Yankees still hold a one-game lead in the AL East with the league’s third-best record at 82-63. This is Girardi’s fifth season as Yankees manager after one season managing the Marlins and his .570 career winning percentage is the 15th-best of all time and tops all active managers.
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.