Rough offseason development here for San Diego.
According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, starter Andrew Cashner suffered a puncture wound to his right thumb when a friend sliced him with a knife while the two were dressing meat during a recent hunting trip. He had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon and needs three months of recovery time.
The Padres are optimistic that Cashner will be back to full health for the start of the 2013 regular season, but his three-month recovery brushes right up against the start of spring training so it’s far from a certainty.
Cashner, one of the hardest throwers in baseball, registered a 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 52/19 K/BB ratio across 46 1/3 innings this past season for San Diego. A lat strain cost him about two months.
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.