If that whole thing about the founder of MySpace offering to pay his salary to keep him in San Francisco doesn’t work out for Tim Lincecum he may be able to find a new home in Baltimore.
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have expressed interest” in the free agent right-hander, but with the two-time Cy Young winner still planning an upcoming showcase to prove he’s healthy following hip surgery Encina adds that the level of interest is “unclear.”
Baltimore has previously been linked to free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, but apparently that pursuit cooled due to their not wanting to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. They’re trying to replace left-hander Wei-Yen Chen, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Marlins.
Even if he looks healthy throwing for interested teams in the near future it’s hard to imagine Lincecum getting more than an incentive-laden one-year deal at this point. He’s still just 32 years old, but his velocity has been on the decline for a while now and he hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2011.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.
If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.
Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.