Texas Rangers Rumors: Lance Lynn Trade “Increasingly Likely”
By Kenneth Nash
With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, reports say it is “increasingly likely” that the Texas Rangers trade their ace, Lance Lynn.
The list of potential suitors for Texas Rangers prized starter, Lance Lynn, continues to grow on Sunday and Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that it is getting “increasingly likely” that Texas moves the right-hander before Monday’s trade deadline. The deadline is less than 24 hours away but a move for Lynn is gaining traction.
Dealing Lance Lynn isn’t an easy decision for the Texas Rangers who view Lynn as a their frontline starter for next season as well. However, the club is falling further out of contention and the Rangers are approaching a point where they have to consider whether they are legitimate contenders next season which would be their justification to keeping Lynn.
Texas thinks they can be competitive next year but it would require quite the uptick in production from a number of the Rangers’ most important players as well as striking gold in the offseason and with their prospects nearing the big leagues. With a number of factors playing against them, a real look is being given at hitting the reset button and letting some of the club’s younger talent get extended playing time at the Major League level.
So far the list of suitors for Lynn that has been reported by reputable outlets include the Dodgers, A’s, White Sox, Twins, Padres and Blue Jays. Other clubs like the Mets, Braves and Rays are all linked in the starting pitching market as are the Yankees but have yet to be concretely linked with Lynn.
Considering that’s a list of six playoff contenders that have registered an interest in Lynn, it’s not really a surprise that the feeling is he’ll get moved. Of the starting pitchers rumored to be available, Lynn sits atop the list unless Mike Clevinger is available as has been reported. Even then, Lynn is still a highly desirable starter considering his Cy Young level numbers and extended top tier production dating back to the start of the 2019 season.
Along with Lynn’s production, he’s under contract through next season at an incredibly team friendly rate of $8 million meaning any acquiring team would be getting an ace level starter for a fraction of the ace cost.
The market is heating up quickly so don’t be surprised if a trade pops up out of nowhere. All indications are that the Rangers are set to be active prior to the deadline this year.