Jason Isringhausen said last month that he was “70-30” in favor of retiring and this morning the 40-year-old Angels reliever reiterated that he’s likely calling it quits after 16 seasons in the majors.
During a radio interview with KFNS-590 in St. Louis, where he played seven years, Isringhausen said:
At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m done, but if some GM is dumb enough to want to sign me, I might come back for another year.
Isringhausen was still a reasonably effective middle reliever this season, throwing 46 innings with a 4.13 ERA, but he had an ugly 31/19 K/BB ratio and it’s tough to imagine any general managers, “dumb enough” or not, offering him more than a minor-leagure deal.
If this is it for Isringhausen he finishes with 300 career saves and a 3.64 ERA in 1,008 innings while earning nearly $60 million, which is pretty damn good for a one-time prospect bust.
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.