Lynn will turn 32 years of age in May. He concluded last season with the New York Yankees, pitching to a 3-2 record and a 4.14 ERA over 11 appearances, including 9 starts. Taking into account his 2018 numbers with the Minnesota Twins, Lynn finished the season with an overall 10-10 record and a 4.77 ERA.
Strangely enough, the right-hander posted a 2.17 FIP and allowed 0.3 home runs per nine innings as a member of the Yankees. Those two stats highlight two things: 1) New York’s defense was not very good and 2) Lynn managed to keep the ball in the ballpark at one of the tinier ballparks in Major League Baseball.
It just so happens the Rangers play in a hitter-friendly ballpark themselves (for the time being) and they sport a defense that ranks in the bottom half of MLB. So, Lance Lynn would come with experience regarding those likening factors.
2019 will be Lynn’s eighth big league season. Texas could use a starter’s influence that has been around the block a few times. I bite my tongue as I write it, but he was indeed a member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals squad that took down the Rangers in the World Series.
Thus, he would bring with him not only experience, but important experience. Though, the same can be said for the other two starting pitchers on the Rangers’ shopping list.
The most I can see the Texas Rangers offering Lynn is two years. He made $12 million last season, I would expect something along those lines for the upcoming season as well.