It’s safe to say it: Lance Lynn is the ace of this staff and big get for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
Daniels signed him to a three year $30 million dollar contract before the 2019 season. Lynn ended up fifth in the Cy Young voting going 16-11 in 33 stats with an ERA of 3.67 last year.
He also pitched 208 innings while striking out 246 hitters. That’s the stuff off an ace. That’s the stuff of someone who is valuable to the Rangers, no matter their record.
If the Rangers are to compete in the COVID shortened 2020 season it will in large part be because of Lynn.
He also adds value, however, if they do not compete.
Most assume that if the Rangers fall out of the playoff race then players like Minor, Gibson, or Lyles can be moved in a deal,…… and they can. But the most valuable commodity would be Lynn, who is still under control for another year. The Rangers will most likely look to keep Lynn for the 2021 season. But if they are out of it and a contending team is one pitcher away from making a run, Lynn could be the most valuable target.
Through the first four games of the opening homestand, the bats were dormant. They had not scored more than 2 a game until the 7 run outburst yesterday. If the bats are starting to come around and the pitching can hold up, this team could be the team to watch. Even with the Kluber injury, this rotation looks to have the arms to compete. Lynn and Minor both have the tools of an ace.
Kyle Gibson pitched 5 scoreless in his debut. Jordan Lyles has yet to make a start but has pitched two scoreless innings in relief awaiting his first start.
The Kluber spot will be filled by Kolby Allard who along with Joe Palumbo provides very viable arms. (Although Palumbo may be slated for a more prominent role in the bullpen now that Jose Leclerc is headed for IL).
With all this info there is only one thing that is 100% accurate, Lance Lynn is the ace of this staff. If the Rangers can get him to extend his contract, they should consider it.
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