Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins recently offered free agent starter Lance Lynn a two-year, $20 million contract but the right-hander turned in down. In Berardino’s word, the offer was a “non-starter.”
Lynn, 30, finished up a three-year, $22 million contract with the Cardinals that ranged from 2015-17. While he was plenty productive, compiling a 3.24 ERA across 361 2/3 innings, he also missed the entire 2016 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Lynn is joined by Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb among free agent starters still available. It seems likely that Lynn will have to eventually settle for less money and/or fewer years than he was anticipating. He could potentially take a one-year contract and test his luck in the free agent market again next season as well.
The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.
Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.
It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.
Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.