Red Sox Rumors: 5 starting pitchers to target before MLB trade deadline
Lance Lynn is tied for the league lead with 11 wins. We should know by now that pitcher wins are overrated but when a starter has a chance to make a run at 20 wins it’s still noteworthy.
His 3.91 ERA isn’t exciting but keep in mind that Lynn pitches half his games in a hitter’s paradise in the sweltering heat of Texas. His 2.97 FIP is much more promising. Lynn is posting a strong 9.6 K/9 and low 2.0 BB/9. He’s also been fairly stingy with the home runs (0.8 HR/9) despite pitching in a ballpark where the ball tends to fly.
Lynn disappointed with the Minnesota Twins after signing a 1-year, $12 million deal with them prior to last season. They dumped him on the Yankees at the trade deadline and he managed to provide a serviceable upgrade over the struggling Sonny Gray. The 32-year old isn’t the pitcher he was in his National League days with the St. Louis Cardinals but he would be a significant upgrade at the back of Boston’s rotation.
The Rangers signed Lynn to a three-year deal that runs through 2021. He would provide a modestly priced replacement in the rotation for two more years if Rick Porcello bolts in free agency.
Will a Texas team sitting only three games out of a Wild Card spot be inclined to sell? The Rangers hanging around this long has been a bit surprising and if they begin to slide any further over the next few weeks then they are expected to be sellers.