The Chicago White Sox acquired right-hander Lance Lynn in a commerce with the Texas Rangers early Tuesday morning, sources advised ESPN, bolstering their rotation with a veteran who led the foremost leagues this 12 months in innings pitched.
Lynn, 33, was maybe probably the most prized pitcher on the commerce market and price the White Sox 25-year-old right-hander Dane Dunning, who will go to Texas together with a pitching prospect, sources stated.
Chicago had focused a beginning pitcher to accompany the emergent Lucas Giolito and former Cy Younger winner Dallas Keuchel, each of whom excelled this 12 months because the White Sox made their first postseason look since 2008. Whereas they misplaced their wild-card sequence to Oakland, the White Sox, with a younger core that surrounds reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu, count on to enter 2021 because the AL Central favourite.
With one 12 months and $8 million remaining on his contract, Lynn was a cost-efficient choice that the Rangers, who’re rebuilding, leveraged right into a pitcher in Dunning who debuted this season after recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure and seemed like he may develop right into a mid-rotation stalwart.
In 2020, Lynn was extra. Till a poor closing begin ballooned his ERA by greater than three quarters of some extent, he was the favourite to complete second in AL Cy Younger voting behind the unanimous winner, Shane Bieber. In 84 innings, Lynn struck out 89, walked 25 and held hitters to a .204 batting common. He did permit 13 dwelling runs, a quantity that was alarming contemplating he pitched within the Rangers’ spacious Globe Life Discipline.
Slotting a pitcher of Lynn’s caliber behind Giolito and Keuchel is nonetheless a coup for the White Sox, who proceed to hunt offensive assist with a lineup that already contains Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, amongst others.
Chicago has sought left-handed outfield bats on the free agent market, sources stated.