The Rangers have already shipped out starter Mike Minor to the A’s, so now all eyes are on righty Lance Lynn. The 33-year-old righty sports a 3.33 ERA in 41 starts for the Rangers since they signed him prior to the 2019 season, and he’s under contract for just $8MM in 2021. Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Rangers may be motivated to avoid repeating the mistake they made with Minor, holding him last summer when he was at peak value with control remaining.
- The Braves, who picked up lefty Tommy Milone in a deal with the Orioles yesterday, have been in contact with the Rangers regarding Lynn within the last 48 hours, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
- The Yankees have also been involved in Lynn’s market during that time, tweets Morosi. Lynn’s resurgence began with his two-month stint with the Yankees back in 2018. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan notes that the Rangers “would love RHP Deivi Garcia from the Yankees but he is likely out of reach.” On a similar note, Sherman hears the Yankees don’t have an appetite to move Garcia, to date.
- The Padres “explored separate trades” with the Rangers for Lynn and outfielder Joey Gallo before acquiring Mike Clevinger from the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. I would speculate that with Clevinger tow, it’s (relatively) safe to assume the Padres are out on Lynn. Similarly, the A’s were previously connected to Lynn but have since landed Minor.
- Previous connections to Lynn have been made for the Twins, Blue Jays, and White Sox, so those teams may still be in play. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Jays had been linked to Minor before he was dealt to Oakland, and the Rangers “are intrigued by [the] Jays’ young catching.”