Mets Trade Candidate: Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn is a pitcher who I always admired and wished the Mets were able acquire or trade forever since he burst onto the scene with the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2012.
Lynn won 18 games in his first full year as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals and has always proven himself to be anywhere from a high-end quality number three starter on a deep team to a low-end number one potential ace throughout his eight-year career. You always know you are going to get a battler who gives you quality starts and consistency when you throw Lance Lynn out there.
If the Mets were to acquire Lance Lynn he would undoubtedly be the second-best pitcher in their rotation and would make a formidable one-two punch with ace Jacob deGrom. Last year Lynn finished top 5 in the American League in Cy Young voting and with his 4-0 record, 1.59 ERA and 0.86 WHIP this year with the Texas Rangers, he looks to be the front-runner to win it.
Lynn is also signed through 2021 and is only expected to make $8 million next year. The problem is the Mets aren’t the only team out there that are looking to acquire the former All-Star. So if they were to land him it would surely take more than just a few low-level minor league prospects like it would if they were to acquire Dylan Bundy.
The Rangers will no doubt kick the tires and ask for someone like Andres Gimenez and maybe Robert Gsellman in a package deal to make the trade happen. I know most Mets fans aren’t going to want to do that and I don’t wouldn’t do it either.
A second alternative that may work would be to package a prospect like Mark Vientos along with an established cost-controlled starter like Steven Matz to pique the Rangers’ interest in doing a deal. That is a trade I can live with.