The White Sox obtained right-hander Lance Lynn in a trade with the Texas Rangers, the team declared Tuesday, supporting Chicago’s turn with a veteran who led the major leagues in innings pitched for the current year.
Lynn, 33, was maybe the most valued pitcher on the exchange market and cost the White Sox 25-year-old right-hander Dane Dunning, who goes to Texas alongside left-handed pitching prospect Avery Weems.
Chicago had focused on a beginning pitcher to go with the new Lucas Giolito and previous Cy Young champ Dallas Keuchel, both of whom dominated this previous season as the White Sox showed up since 2008. The White Sox had been examining a Sonny Gray arrangement with the Cincinnati Reds yet rotated toward Lynn. In spite of the fact that they lost their special case arrangement to Oakland, the White Sox, with a youthful center that encompasses ruling American League MVP Jose Abreu, hope to enter 2021 as the AL Central top choices.
“I was excited when [I] saw what this team was able to do, and now be a part of it. I like to win and I look forward to having that opportunity,” Lynn said during his media availability Tuesday. “Hopefully I can be a good piece that can push this team forward for a playoff run.”
The trade additionally reunites Lynn with his previous captain in St. Louis, Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, who emerged from retirement to supplant Rick Renteria as White Sox administrator.
“I’m reunited with Tony La Russa, who I had when I was a rookie,” Lynn said. “That was 10 years ago and we won the World Series, so hopefully 10 years later we can do the same. That would be exciting.”
With one year and $8 million excess on his agreement, Lynn was a cost-effective choice that the Rangers, who are reconstructing, utilized into a pitcher in Dunning, who appeared this season in the wake of recuperating from Tommy John medical procedure and seemed as though he could form into a mid-turn sturdy.
In 2020, Lynn was more. Until a helpless last beginning swelled his ERA by more than 75% of a point, he was the top choice to complete second in AL Cy Young democratic behind the consistent victor, Shane Bieber. In 84 innings, Lynn struck out 89 players, strolled 25 and held hitters to a .204 batting normal. He did, nonetheless, permit 13 grand slams, a number that was disturbing, taking into account that he pitched at the Rangers’ extensive Globe Life Field.
Opening a pitcher of Lynn’s type behind Giolito and Keuchel is all things considered an overthrow for the White Sox, who keep on looking for hostile assistance with a setup that incorporates Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, among others.
Chicago has looked for left-gave outfield bats on the free-specialist market, sources said.
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