Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn will miss the entire 2016 season following Tommy John elbow surgery, the team announced.
Lynn dealt with a strained forearm around midseason and then had an ankle injury late in the year, finishing with a 3.03 ERA in 175 innings after topping 200 innings in 2013 and 2014.
He has a 3.37 ERA in 791 career innings, so this is a big blow for the Cardinals and could cause them to make an increased effort to re-sign free agent right-hander John Lackey.
Even if they don’t re-sign Lackey the Cardinals still have plenty of rotation depth in Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and several other inexperienced options with some upside, although there are a lot of health-related question marks in that group.
Lynn, who’ll turn 29 years old in May, will make $7.5 million while on the disabled list in 2016 and is also under contract for $7.5 million in 2017.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.
German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.
The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.