The Chicago White Sox acquired proper-hander Lance Lynn in a commerce with the Texas Rangers early Tuesday morning, sources instructed ESPN, bolstering their rotation with a veteran who led the main leagues in innings pitched this 12 months.
Lynn, 33, was maybe essentially the most prized pitcher on the commerce market and price the White Sox 25-12 months-previous proper-hander Dane Dunning, who will go to Texas together with left-handed pitching prospect Avery Weems, 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 previous season because the White Sox made their first postseason look since 2008. The White Sox had been discussing a Sonny Gray cope with the Cincinnati Reds however pivoted towards Lynn. Though they misplaced their wild-card collection 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 favorites.
With one 12 months and $8 million remaining on his contract, Lynn was a value-environment friendly possibility 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 regarded like he might develop right into a mid-rotation stalwart.
In 2020, Lynn was extra. Till a poor ultimate 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 batters, walked 25 and held hitters to a .204 batting common. He did, nevertheless, permit 13 residence runs, a quantity that was alarming, contemplating that he pitched on the Rangers’ spacious Globe Life Discipline.
Slotting a pitcher of Lynn’s caliber behind Giolito and Keuchel is however a coup for the White Sox, who proceed to hunt offensive assist with a lineup that features 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.