Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had surgery two weeks ago to “clean up” his left shoulder and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he underwent surgery today to remove cartilage from his left ankle.
Kemp sprained his ankle in a home plate collision on July 21 and the injury lingered until he was ruled out for the playoffs. He won’t be able to put any weight on his foot for about a month and will be limited in his offseason training program, but his agent, Dave Stewart, still expects him to be ready for Opening Day next season.
Kemp was limited to just 73 games this season, batting .270/.328/.395 with six home runs, 33 RBI, and a career-low .728 OPS. The 29-year-old still has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract.
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.