Indians calling up Trevor Bauer

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Cleveland demoted Danny Salazar to Triple-A this morning and manager Terry Francona just announced that they’ll be replacing him in the rotation with another high-upside young right-hander in Trevor Bauer.

Bauer has struggled in the majors, but the former No. 3 overall pick has some of the best raw stuff of any prospect in baseball and pitched very well in a one-start call-up last month. He’s also thrived at Triple-A with a 2.15 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.

At some point the Indians obviously want Bauer and Salazar together atop the rotation for many years to come, but in the meantime demoting Salazar for some early rough patches gives them a chance to evaluate Bauer. If he throws strikes, he could stick around this time.

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.