Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could be activated from the disabled list on Monday according to manager Mike Redmond, reports Joe Capozzi. Redmond says Stanton is “moving around great in the outfield”. The slugger has been sidelined since the end of April due to a strained right hamstring. The injury had sapped some of his power prior to that, as the right-hander had only three home runs in 88 trips to the plate. The 29 PA per home run rate is nearly twice his career average (16 PA per HR).
The Marlins could certainly use a healthy Stanton. At 16-44, they are on pace to win only 43 games over a full season, which would just barely put them ahead of the 1962 Mets, who went 40-120. The team is also averaging a meager 2.95 runs per game.
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.