Jeff Passan, ESPNNov 20, 2023, 12:44 PM ET
- ESPN MLB insider
Author of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity successful Sports"
Right-hander Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed connected a one-year declaration with a nine enactment that guarantees $10 cardinal and reunites the 36-year-old with the squad that drafted him a decennary and a fractional ago, sources acquainted with the woody told ESPN connected Monday.
Lynn, who spent the archetypal six seasons of his vocation with the Cardinals, has bounced astir to 5 teams since leaving St. Louis and returns aft a play successful which helium posted an elite strikeout complaint but struggled with the location tally ball.
The deal, which includes show bonuses and escalators and is pending a physical, could beryllium worthy up to $26 cardinal if the Cardinals workout the option, sources said.
With the Chicago White Sox, Lynn struck retired 144 successful 119.2 innings but allowed 28 location runs and posted a 6.47 ERA. The Los Angeles Dodgers nevertheless dealt for him astatine the commercialized deadline, and helium was amended there, posting a 4.36 ERA but inactive yielding 16 location runs successful 64 innings.
The Cardinals entered the wintertime seeking 3 starting pitchers to capable retired a beleaguered rotation whose 5.08 ERA was the 5th worst successful baseball. They instrumentality Miles Mikolas and Steven Matz, on with young left-handers Matthew Liberatore, Zack Thompson and Drew Rom, each of whom started games to varying degrees of effectiveness past season.
St. Louis' mediocre pitching led to the team's worst afloat season, with a 71-91 record, since 1990.
Starting pitching is the astir plentiful commodity disposable successful this winter's escaped cause class, with Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery -- who pitched for the Cardinals past twelvemonth earlier they traded him to the Texas Rangers -- each available. There are besides frontline pitchers connected the commercialized market, with Tampa Bay's Tyler Glasnow, Chicago's Dylan Cease and Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes among them.
The Cardinals' glut of presumption players could presumption them for a imaginable deal. Outfielder Tyler O'Neill is simply a twelvemonth from escaped agency, and outfielder Dylan Carlson and super-utilityman Tommy Edman person been discussed successful commercialized talks.
Over his 12-year career, Lynn is 136-95 with a 3.74 ERA aft being chosen by St. Louis retired of Mississippi with the 39th wide prime successful 2008. A reliable innings eater, helium has thrown 1,889 innings, struck retired 1,906 and walked 660 portion allowing 215 location runs.