MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are nearing a three-year deal with starter Lance Lynn. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal is worth $30 million in total.
Lynn, 31, pitched for the Twins and Yankees last season, posting an aggregate 4.77 ERA with a 161/76 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings across 29 starts and two relief appearances. He pitched much better after the Twins traded him to the Yankees ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With the Twins, he had a 5.10 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 62 walks in 102 1/3 innings. With the Yankees, he had a 4.14 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 14 walks in 54 1/3 innings.
Coming off of a strong 2017 season with the Cardinals, Lynn had to settle for a one-year deal with the Twins, so it’s a bit surprising that he was able to get a three-year deal coming off of a comparatively weaker campaign.
Lynn will join a starting rotation that currently includes Mike Minor, Drew Smyly, Edinson Volquez, Yohander Méndez, and Ariel Jurado.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.