Starting Pitcher Lance Lynn
The Texas Rangers have begun a rebuilding process and one of the most valuable trade chips they have available to dangle this winter is starting pitcher Lance Lynn. The Mets had shown interest in trading for the 33-year old starting pitcher before this season’s trade deadline but no trade had come to fruition, with the Mets instead trading for third baseman Todd Frazier and Catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Rangers.
That does not mean that the Mets may not be interested again in Lynn this offseason. The Mets are going into the winter with only Jacob deGrom and David Peterson as the only healthy starting pitchers on the depth chart. Noah Syndergaard will be coming off reconstructive Tommy John surgery and there is no timetable yet on when he will be eligible to pitch in games next season. The jury is also still out on Seth Lugo’s role next season.
Insert Lance Lynn. Lynn was considered the best starting pitcher available on the trade market this season, and with him staying put he is now regarded as one of the top starting pitchers available this winter. Lynn will be entering the final year of his contract in 2021 at an affordable $8 million and would slot nicely as a second or third option in the Mets rotation next season depending on how everything shakes out the rest of the offseason.
A key stat regarding the former All-Star, since 2012 Lynn has made at least 29 starts every season in the majors and carries a career 3.57 ERA which is huge considering the inconsistency the Mets have battled in the starting rotation over the past couple of seasons. Lynn would instantly provide the Mets a big upgrade in the rotation if he is acquired, but he is just one piece of the puzzle in upgrading the starting pitching staff this winter.