After a poor outing against the Red Sox last night in Game 2 of the ALDS, Rays starter David Price went on Twitter and criticized the TBS postgame show for their analysis, singling out Dirk Hayhurt and Tom Verducci. He also chastised the media around him in the clubhouse, sarcastically retorting, “Sweet questions, nerds.”
Price has apologized, per ESPN’s Gordon Edes. On Twitter, the left-hander wrote, “Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here…if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so…” followed by a hashtag that read, “that’s not me”.
Price also criticized Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who hit two home runs against him. Price felt that Ortiz watched the second one a bit too long, though he may have been the only person at Fenway Park who was certain the ball would stay fair. Price told the media, “As soon as he hit it and I saw it, I knew it was fair – run.”
Edes reports that Price and Ortiz have also squashed the matter. Ortiz said, “It’s over.”
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.