Texas Rangers Starting Pitcher Lance Lynn
One other name that the Mets had been connected to leading up the deadline was Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn. While the Mets made two other trades with the Rangers at the deadline, they were unable to get a deal done for Lynn as the Rangers did have a high asking price on the 33-year old starting pitcher.
Besides Mike Clevinger, Lynn was considered the best starting pitcher available on the trade market, and he had attracted the interest of numerous teams around the league including the Mets. Lynn had pitched to a 1.93 ERA over 51.1 innings pitched leading up to the deadline and with him being under contract in 2021 for a very reasonable $8 million there is a reason the asking price was high.
While we don’t truly know what the Rangers were asking for in return, you could imagine it had to be something somewhat close to the return that the Cleveland Indians received for Clevinger. With the Rangers going nowhere this season and with many teams in the bidding it was very shocking that Lynn stayed put at the deadline.
Going into 2021 the Mets will have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and David Peterson firmly entrenched in rotation spots. The Mets will have two holes they will need to fill in the starting rotation and with their familiarity with the Rangers at the deadline, you wonder if they will revisit a trade for Lynn this upcoming offseason.
You would imagine Lynn’s asking price won’t be nearly as high as it was at the deadline as he will be pitching on the final year of his contract. Lynn would provide the Mets a dependable arm in the middle of the rotation which would be something they have sorely lacked behind Jacob deGrom in 2020. Since 2012 Lynn has made at least 29 starts every season and his career 2.89 ERA at Citi Field doesn’t hurt either.
With the Rangers in full rebuild mode, they would certainly be looking for young talent in return. The asking price is certainly questionable compared to this year’s Trade Deadline depending on the amount of interest Lynn attracts. It’s fair to wonder if a prospect such as third baseman Mark Vientos, who is behind J.D. Davis and Brett Baty in the pecking order and the Rangers taking on Steven Matz as a reclamation project under team control through 2022 would work to get a deal done.
Probability of a trade: 30%
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