The Red Sox Should Trade for Lance Lynn

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It's not exactly a huge secret the Boston Red Sox are in need of quality starting pitching.  What we witnessed last season was a nightmare and everyone is ready to close that dark chapter in Red Sox history.  I have a name that we should consider as a potential trade target and that is Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn

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Lynn is a horse.  The Red Sox need a horse in their rotation.  Lynn isn't an ace, in all honesty they don't need Lynn to be their ace.  They need him to eat innings, strike out opposing batters and give them quality outings every fifth day.

The Rangers had plans of opening their new ballpark with a rotation that featured Corey Kluber, Mike Minor and Lynn.  Those plans didn't exactly work out.  Kluber threw 18 pitches in his only inning for the Rangers, leaving with shoulder tightness in a 5-2 loss to Rockies in the third game of the season.  He was diagnosed with a small tear in his shoulder muscle the next day and would miss the remainder of the season.  Kluber's $18 million dollar option for this season was declined by the club, making him a free agent. 

The Rangers season didn't pan out and the team would move on from Minor in a mid-season deal with the A's.  They entertained trading Lynn and the Yankees were rumored to be in on him but failed to acquire the righty.  The Yankees could have used an arm like Lynn in their disappointing exit from the playoffs this year. 

During the 2020 season, Lynn has stellar.  In 13 starts for the Rangers, he went 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA.  He had one complete game in 84 innings of work.  Those 84 innings led the American League and his 13 starts also led the league.  The moral of the story is Lynn takes the hill every fifth day, he competes and immediately makes the Red Sox better. 

Lynn has spent the last two seasons in Texas and is in the final year of his three-year deal.  He is due $9.3 million this season which is relatively cheap for a starter of his caliber.  Lynn isn't young in baseball years, he will turn 34 next season.  Besides the fact he is a reliable veteran, he's pitched in the American League East. 

He was with the Yankees back in 2018 when the Red Sox mopped the floor with the league on their way to a World Series championship.  New York acquired him from the Twins after then starter Sonny Gray was demoted to the bullpen.  He started nine games with the Bronx Bombers where went 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA. 

I know that most Red Sox fans will look at Lynn and say he's too old or why waste prospects to acquire a starter in the final year of his deal.  The fact is the free agent market isn't flush with good and reliable pitching.

The odds of reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer signing with the Red Sox are slim.  Let's put ourselves in Bauer's shoes for a minute.  Does he look at the Boston Red Sox as currently constituted and say, "I am the one guy that makes them an instant World Series contender?"  If you answer yes, it's time to lay off the sauce a little, because he doesn't.  Bauer makes the Red Sox better, but not an instant World Series contender. 

If Bloom is looking at the trade market to add depth to the rotation a phone call needs to be placed to the Rangers.  I understand the Red Sox shouldn't trade these young assets within their system; they're trying to rebuild.  Lynn immediately makes the Red Sox better and he'll be durable.  They need durability in their rotation more than anything right now. 

It's unknown whether the Rangers will move Lynn this offseason.  I would have to imagine that the Red Sox have at least made the phone call to check his availability.  I'd have to imagine the asking price would be extremely high, but the Red Sox need to at least kick the tires.  We need horses in Boston, not ponies in our rotation. 


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