UPDATE: Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post spoke to Lawrence’s agent, and he’s signed with the Mets. Omar is just stockpiling arms.
Is it just me, or has there been a ton of interest in Brian Lawrence, dating back to this offseason? He was admittedly a decent innings eater for the Padres for four years, but he missed all of ’06 and couldn’t crack the Rockies’ rotation.
Nonetheless, the Tigers have offered Lawrence a Triple A contract. I suppose there’s nothing to lose here except a million bucks or so. The Tigers have received excellent work from their front three starters, but are rightfully concerned about Chad Durbin and Mike Maroth eating up 40% of the starts until Kenny Rogers returns.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press says Lawrence likely won’t sign with the Tigesrs.
The Baltimore Sun says Lawrence’s name has come up within the Orioles’ front office; they’re currently running with both Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Burres in the rotation. That was not the plan. Lawrence might not be any better than those two, but it makes sense to stockpile some arms when Steve Trachsel is your third starter.
UPDATE: According to the Washington Post, the O’s contacted Lawrence’s agent on Saturday.
Also, the Denver Post lists the Padres, Mets, and Mariners as other possible suitors. Perhaps we can add the Cardinals to that list in the wake of the news about Chris Carpenter’s surgery.