The Chicago White Sox acquired right-handed Lance Lynn in a deal with the Texas Rangers Early Tuesday morning, sources told ESPN adding a veteran to their rotation to lead the major leagues in innings that year.
Lynn, 33, was perhaps the most sought-after pitcher on the trading market, tasting the 25-year-old White Sox right-handed Dane dunning, who will go to Texas along with left-handed Avery Weems, sources said.
Chicago had set its sights on a starter pitcher to accompany the newcomer Lucas Giolito and former Cy Young winner Dallas gasp, both of which stood out last season when the White Sox performed for the first time since 2008 after the season. The White Sox had over a Sonny Gray deal with that Cincinnati Reds but turned to Lynn. Though they lost their wildcard streak to Oakland, the White Sox, with a young core surrounding the reigning American League MVP Jose AbreuExpect to enter 2021 as an AL Central favorite.
With one year and $ 8 million remaining, Lynn was a low-cost option that the Rebuilding Rangers put in a pitcher at Dunning who debuted this season after Tommy John’s recovery and looked like he could develop into a medium rotation steadfast.
In 2020, Lynn was more. Until a bad final start caused his ERA to skyrocket by more than three quarters of a point, he was the favorite, finishing second behind the unanimous winner in the AL Cy Young vote. Shane Bieber. In 84 innings, Lynn knocked out 89 Batters, went 25, and kept hitters to a batting average of 0.204. He did allow 13 home runs, however, a number that was alarming considering he pitched on the Rangers’ sprawling Globe Life Field.
Putting a mug of Lynn’s caliber behind Giolito and Keuchel is still a coup for the White Sox, who continue to seek offensive help with a line-up that includes Abreu. Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, among other.
Chicago has been looking for left-handed outfield bats in the free agent market.