The Texas Rangers have traded Lance Lynn to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Dane Dunning and a prospect, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Late Monday night, the Texas Rangers made the decision to trade away their best pitcher in the rotation. The team has been making notable moves over the past week including benching Elvis Andrus but also hiring new General Manager Chris Young. Apparently, the next move is to trade a pitcher whose value is likely at its highest during the offseason.

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Lynn over his first two seasons with the team has been nothing but good, posting a 3.57 ERA to go with a 22-14 record with the club.

Lynn signed a 3 year $30 million deal with the Rangers back in 2019 and is heading into the final year of his contract, so the Rangers saw a chance to capitalize on his value and bring in a top 10 prospect from the White Sox organization.

Dane Dunning before the 2020 season was a top 5 prospect in the White Sox organization. At 6’4″ and 225 lbs, Dunning is a former 1st round draft pick by the Nationals in 2016. He’s still just 25 years old and boasts a fastball in the low to mid 90’s along with a curveball, slider, and decent change-up. He went 2-0 in 7 games started with a 3.97 ERA.

There’s no telling what Dunning can be with the Rangers come 2021, but one thing is for sure: the Texas Rangers are making moves for the future.

A new GM, a new shortstop, and now trading an aging ace.
What’s next for the Rangers? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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