Mets trade candidate Lance Lynn is an affordable upgrade for a 2021 run
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have a rotation to reconstruct this winter and Lance Lynn is one of the trade candidates that can upgrade the starting five.
Lance Lynn got plenty of attention at this year’s MLB trade deadline. The Texas Rangers hurler was pitching well on one of baseball’s worst teams and drawing plenty of eyes in the last week of August. He seemed like a logical fit for the New York Mets at the time, but Lynn ended up finishing the season right where he started in Texas.
Something that hasn’t changed is how much of a fit Lynn would be for New York. In the not too distant future, the team will have even more openings in their starting rotation. With only Jacob deGrom and David Peterson as unquestioned healthy and productive starters for the 2021 season, the club has three more decisions to make.
It won’t help the Mets much if Brodie Van Wagenen is gone, but these two teams did make three trades in 2020. Ariel Jurado, Todd Frazier, and Robinson Chirinos all went from Texas to New York in three separate trades. They are at least on each other’s radar.
Lynn is much better than those three players. He ended the 2020 campaign with a 6-3 record and 3.32 ERA in 13 starts. On the Mets, this would have made him the clear number two behind only deGrom.
And that’s really what the Mets will be searching for more than anything else this winter: a really good number two starter. Maybe Peterson steps up and is that pitcher. Maybe Noah Syndergaard returns effective and healthy.
Until they actually do it, this team needs to add to their roster and find the best possible pieces to do it. At slightly less than $10 million on the payroll for the 2021 season, Lynn is an affordable innings eater the team cannot afford to miss out on at least discussing.
Texas will certainly ask for a fair price to acquire Lynn. He’s someone I think any contending hopeful will inquire about this winter. The Mets have several bats they could offer the Rangers ranging from youngsters on the infield to more veteran players to fill out their outfield.
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Lynn’s age and contract details will make him a Met for only a short period of time so it is important to not overpay. But as an addition to the club alongside at least one more newcomer to the rotation, he’s too good to pass on while reconstructing the rotation.