Jose Mijares elects free agency

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From beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants outrighted Jose Mijares off their 40-man roster on Tuesday evening and that the veteran left-handed reliever then elected to become a free agent.

Mijares was a non-tender candidate this winter in San Francisco after posting a brutal 4.22 ERA and 1.78 WHIP across 49 innings in 2013 while earning a salary of $1.8 million. He was entering his third year of salary arbitration and would have been given a raise despite his summer of lackluster results.

Mijares owns a 3.23 career ERA (124 career ERA+) and has held left-handed batters to a .225/.288/.335 slash line since breaking into the majors in 2008, so he should attract interest from multiple teams.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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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.