As his former teammates crossed the chalk lines Wednesday, made some throws, took some grounders and went through their early, informal spring workouts, Lance Lynn watched, briefly, from the other side of the fence. He was, quite literally, on the outside looking in. Welcome to the year free agency froze over. Lynn, slimmed down and several weeks into his throwing program, has everything he needs to start the season — health, dates for the start of spring, when opening day is — everything, that is, except for a team. A free agent for the first time in his career, he, like dozens of other standout players, remains unsigned as the second week of February arrives. “It’s an interesting offseason and I don’t think anyone saw it coming,” Lynn said. “You look at it this way: Every year you know when spring training starts. You know when the season starts. So you know what to do to get ready and nothing really changes there. I haven’t missed anything. There’s nothing really to worry about — at this moment.” Lynn, who lives in the Jupiter area, visited the Cardinals’ complex at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday to see a friend, he said. He spent some time talking with Matt Carpenter, who along with infielders Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong has been on campus taking grounders. Adam Wainwright played catch Wednesday as he readies his arm, and Luke Weaver was among the players who arrived Wednesday. Yadier Molina has been a regular at the facility all offseason, and first-round pick Delvin Perez tagged along Wednesday, wearing a red Molina-brand cap. There are seven or eight teams that have showed interest in Lynn, a source said. The Milwaukee Brewers have interest, though a source described how they were looking toward trade options. Reports linked them to Tampa Bay, where Jake Odorizzi could be available. The Chicago Cubs also have had contact with Lynn’s agent. Multiple reports Wednesday suggested the Baltimore Orioles were pursuing Lynn. The Minnesota Twins are shopping for a starter and have looked to Lynn, and Washington has been mentioned as a fit. The New York Mets could yet emerge as a suitor.
Lynn on the outside looking in as former Cardinals teammates work out
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 8