The Athletics scheduled a Yoenis Cespedes t-shirt giveaway for this Saturday, which probably sounded logical enough to the promotions department when they were planning such things way back when. However, it’s definitely a little awkward now that Cespedes has been swapped to the Red Sox as part of the the Jon Lester deal. Still, they have 10,000 of these bad boys and will go ahead with the giveaway anyway:
The alternative was likely sending all 10,000 t-shirts to our friends at Cespedes Family Barbecue.
By the way, making things more awkward, Lester is scheduled to make his A’s debut Saturday night against the Royals. That being said, it’s a pretty awesome shirt, as you’ll see below. Not a bad keepsake to say farewell to a fan favorite who provided plenty of entertaining moments during his time in Oakland.
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.