The Rangers have already shipped the starter Mike Minor to A’s, so now all eyes are on Lance Lynn. The 33-year-old right-hander sports a 3.33 ERA in 41 starts for the Rangers since signing him ahead of the 2019 season, and he’s under contract for just $ 8 million in 2021. New York’s Joel Sherman Post learns the Rangers may be motivated to avoid repeating the mistake they made with Minor, holding him back last summer when he was at the peak of his value with remaining control.
- The Braves, who picked up the left-hander Tommy Milone in a deal with the Orioles yesterday, have been in contact with the Rangers regarding Lynn for the past 48 hours, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
- The Yankees have also been involved in Lynn’s deal during this time, Morosi tweets. Lynn’s resurgence began with his two-month stint with the Yankees in 2018. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan notes that the Rangers “would love RHP Deivi Garcia of the Yankees but it’s probably out of reach. On a similar note, Sherman hears that the Yankees don’t want to move Garcia, to this day.
- Padres ‘explored separate trades’ with Rangers for Lynn and outfielder Joey Gallo before acquiring Mike Clevinger of Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. I guess with the Clevinger tow it’s (relatively) safe to assume the Padres are on Lynn. Likewise, the A’s were previously connected to Lynn but have since landed Minor.
- Previous connections with Lynn were made for the Twins, Blue Jays and White Sox, so those teams may still be on the line. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Jays had been linked with Minor before he ‘it won’t be distributed in Oakland, and the Rangers’ are intrigued by [the] Jays youth catch.