Sometimes when your MLB career doesn't go as planned, you have to navigate across the pond to play in international leagues.That's exactly the case with former Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed hurler Josh Lindblom, who has spent the better part of two seasons playing for the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization.
After logging a 4.10 ERA across five big league seasons, Lindblom has resurrected his career in South Korea, compiling a 2.68 ERA while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings in a shade over 363 frames pitched.
Well, Lindblom is looking to make an MLB comeback, and here are three teams that should take a chance on the 32-year-old.
3. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies' starting rotation was supposed to take a massive step forward in 2019 after a promising campaign the year prior. Well, it was evident that they did anything but that as Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, and Jake Arrieta all pitched to ERA's above 3.87. That's not even to mention Jason Vargas 5.37 mark after he was acquired from the Mets at the trade deadline. What more needs to be said? General manager Mike Klentak needs to inquire about signing Lindblom.
2. Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers pitching in 2019 wasn't terrible, but they ranked 16th in MLB with an unappealing 4.40 mark. Milwaukee simply needs to add another arm to supplement to the rotation behind Brandon Woodruff, Zach Davies, and Adrian Houser. Not to mention they still have to decide whether or not to re-sign veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez. If they miss out on the other big fish in the free agent pond, general manager David Stearns should absolutely pursue Lindblom.
1. Minnesota Twins
The Twins didn't necessarily need superb starting pitching in 2019 because of their record-breaking offense, but you have to expect that their production will regress to the mean come 2020. With Jake Odorizzi, a 15-game winner this past season, set to test the free agent waters, Minnesota might need a solid No.2 starter to compliment staff ace Jose Berrios. Taking a chance on Lindblom could serve as an easy solution if he can replicate some of the success he had in Korea.