The Chicago White Sox procured right-hander Lance Lynn in a trade with the Texas Rangers early Tuesday morning, sources told ESPN, reinforcing their revolution with a veteran who led the significant leagues in innings pitched for the current year.
Lynn, 33, was maybe the most valued pitcher on the trade market and cost the White Sox 25-year-old right-hander Dane Dunning, who will go to Texas alongside left-handed pitching prospect Avery Weems, sources said.
Chicago had focused on a beginning pitcher to go with the emanant Lucas Giolito and previous Cy Young victor 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. Despite the fact that they lost their trump card series to Oakland, the White Sox, with a youthful core that encompasses ruling American League MVP Jose Abreu, hope to enter 2021 as the AL Central top picks.
With one year and $8 million excess on his agreement, Lynn was a cost-proficient option that the Rangers, who are reconstructing, utilized into a pitcher in Dunning who appeared this season subsequent to recuperating from Tommy John surgery and seemed as though he could form into a mid-rotation stalwart.
In 2020, Lynn was more. Until a poor final start ballooned his ERA by more than seventy five percent of a point, he was the top pick to complete second in AL Cy Young voting behind the consistent champ, Shane Bieber. In 84 innings, Lynn struck out 89 players, strolled 25 and held hitters to a .204 batting average. He did, notwithstanding, permit 13 home runs, 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 nevertheless a coup for the White Sox, who keep on looking for offensive assistance with a lineup that incorporates Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, among others.
Chicago has looked for left-handed outfield bats on the free-agent market, sources said.