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Orioles interested in bringing back Matt Lindstrom

Jan 1, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Matt Lindstrom has drawn surprisingly little (reported) interest as a free agent for a guy who was a closer not so long ago and has a 2.85 ERA during the past two seasons.

However, according to Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles are “among several teams” making an effort to sign the 33-year-old reliever, which is noteworthy because they had him for most of last season before trading Lindstrom to the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders in late August.

Connelly reports that the Orioles are also trying to re-sign Saunders.

  1. randomdigits - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    The O’s have no room in their current bullpen for Lindstrom. They will need to trade off at least one of their optionless RH RP for this to be feasible.

  2. Charles Gates - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Lindstrom would be a great signing, especially if someone bites on Jim Johnson for a good return.

  3. 13arod - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    jim jhonishon is better

    • husky2score - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Dude really. Are you in second grade?

      • Old Gator - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Nope. It just looks to me like hangover typing.

    • randomdigits - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Whom is better is irrelevant. If the O’s can trade JJ for value then it is a matter of JJ < Lindstrom + traded player (s).

      Even if they trade JJ and sign Lindstrom you wouldn't see him closing. He would be below O'Day, and Strop on the depth chart, maybe even Hunter and Matusz.

    • Charles Gates - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Maybe, but it’s closer than you think. 2011 and 2012 ERA+
      Johnson: 158 170
      Lindstrom: 152 159

      Johnson’s K/9 for his career is 5.7 vs. 7.3 for Lindstrom. I’d bet on the K’s going forward…though Lindstrom is 3 years older.
      In addition, you’d have to weigh (Lindstrom + return for Johnson) vs. Johnson…not just a 1v1 comparison.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I’m interested in bringing back Stanley Kubrick, myself. Got the idea from the trailer I saw last night ahead of Django Unchained for the digitally restored and enhanced version of Plan Nine from Outer Space that’ll be in theaters in the spring. Anybody know a good, cheap re-animator?

    • stex52 - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      If he’ll do another Dr. Strangelove, I’ll go do CPR on him myself. If he tries another “Eyes Wide Shut”, I’m taking a wooden stake to drive through his heart.

  5. jiggy3198 - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    It really doesn’t matter. If they do not bring in a big bat them all is for naught. Loosing Reynolds and his 90 hr over the last three years and relaxing him with the guy from Milwaukee is not a great move

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