White Sox to acquire Lance Lynn

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23h57: The Rangers will also acquire the southpaw Avery Weems, Ken Rosenthal de l’Athletic relais.
22h59: The White Sox acquire a right-hander Lance Lynn Rangers, Joel Sherman du New York Post rapports. Righty Dane Dunning heading to Texas on the way back, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweets. The Rangers will also receive a second player, for Evan Grant du Dallas Morning News. It will be another young pitcher, according to Mark Feinsand from MLB.com.

This is a major pickup for the White Sox, who land one of the most coveted guns in the commercial market. Lynn was an innings mainstay with the Cardinals for much of 2011-17. Lynn then signed a one-year, $ 12 million contract with the Twins, and while he didn’t fare particularly well with the club, he rebounded from a second-half trade with the Yankees and has continued to hold on since.

Lynn signed a three-year, $ 30 million guarantee with the Rangers before 2019, and that deal worked perfectly for the club. He posted an excellent 3.57 / 3.43 FIP average with 10.31 K / 9 and 2.59 BB / 9 in 292 1/3 innings as a team member. The 33-year-old could have continued to serve as an asset for the Rangers’ rotation next season, but with the Rangers rebuilding, president of baseball operations Jon Daniels and new general manager Chris Young have chosen to go in. a different direction.

At one year and $ 8 million, Lynn will give Chicago – coming out of its first place in the playoffs since 2008 – an affordable and efficient No.3 to plug into its rotation behind. Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel. The White Sox also have Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez placeholder image in line to compete for the starting places next year.

Considering the Rangers appear unlikely to compete for a playoff spot next year, their return looks good for a season of Lynn’s services.

Dunning, who turns 26 later this month, is a former first-round pick and former Top 100 prospect who has just made an encouraging debut with the White Sox. Chicago initially acquired Dunning (not to mention Giolito and Lopez) from the Nationals for the outfielder Adam Eaton in December 2016. Dunning had Tommy John surgery in 2019, but he had his first experience in the majors a year ago and posted an ERA of 3.97 / 3.99 FIP with 9.28 K / 9 and 3.44 BB / 9 in 34 innings. Texas will certainly be hopeful that Dunning builds on that effort and become a long-term member of their rotation.

Texas also have high hopes for Weems, 23, a sixth-round player in 2019 who pitched 60 1/3 innings in rookie ball that year. While Weems had stellar numbers at the time (2.09 ERA, 11.0 K / 9 vs. 1.5 BB / 9), he is not considered a premium prospect.

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