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Lance Lynn | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2008 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees "have monitored" Lance Lynn's market this offseason.
It's noteworthy but doesn't necessarily mean they'll be real players for Lynn, especially with Morosi noting that the Yanks only have about $15 million budgeted for spending between now and Opening Day. They might prefer to use that money on a third baseman. Lynn is reportedly drawing interest from 7-8 teams and could find a new home relatively quickly following the Yu Darvish signing. Feb 11 - 9:22 AM

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, free agent starter Lance Lynn is drawing interest from "seven or eight teams."

The list includes the Brewers and Orioles, but both of those clubs are believed to be exploring the trade market for rotation upgrades at this time. Goold also mentions the Cubs, Twins, and Mets as possible suitors while noting that the Cardinals are "not in the mix." Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last season to register a 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings for St. Louis. He boasts a career 3.38 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings at the major league level.
Feb 8 - 1:24 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have "checked out" free agent starters Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas, and Chris Tillman, among others.

Crasnick notes that the Orioles "appear content to wait in hopes of signing someone to a short-term deal" and that team owner Peter Angelos is hesitant to commit long-term money to a starting pitcher after "the Ubaldo Jimenez experience." Lynn and Cobb might ultimately be out of reach for Baltimore, but Cashner and/or Vargas would make sense and Tillman has been spotted working out this winter at the club's spring training facilities in Florida. Orioles starters registered a league-worst 5.70 combined ERA in 2017.
Feb 7 - 11:47 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Lance Lynn.

Rosenthal notes that the Nats' pursuit of Lynn is complicated by the fact that they're already over the $197 million luxury-tax threshold. However, the club could use a fifth starter and Lynn would be reunited with former pitching coach Derek Lilliquist in Washington. The Rangers, Brewers, Twins and Orioles have also been connected to the 30-year-old right-hander.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 7 - 11:49 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rangers are showing sustained interest in free agent hurler Lance Lynn.

Despite signing Doug Fister to a big league contract on Sunday, the Rangers are still in the market for upgrades to their starting rotation. Morosi notes that the Rangers have also shown interest in former Rays' right-hander Alex Cobb. The Brewers and Orioles have also expressed interest in Lynn this winter.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 06:56:00 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Brewers are showing interest in Lance Lynn.

Morosi has also connected Milwaukee to Jake Arrieta and says the club is "showing interest in virtually every prominent free agent starting pitcher." They have money to spend and are looking to supplement a rotation that is expected to be without Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) for a chunk of next season. Lynn put up a 3.43 ERA this past season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 05:26:00 PM

The Orioles are interested in free agent starters Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, a source tells MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

The interest in Cobb was known, but this is the first time Lynn and the O's have been linked. It makes sense, given that starting pitching was the Orioles' biggest weakness last season. Morosi says the team is slightly partial to Cobb due in part to his experience pitching in the American League East. Lynn put up a 3.43 ERA this past season and will be a popular free agent this winter.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 07:14:00 PM

RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:41:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are "considering a run at one of the big free-agent starters."

Heyman lists Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb among the top tier of available starting pitchers. Darvish and Arrieta might prove to be a little too rich for Minnesota given that late-inning relief help is also on the club's offseason shopping list, but Lynn or Cobb could make financial sense. Lynn owns a sharp 3.38 career ERA and fared pretty well in 2017, his first year after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis made him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month, which he is expected to reject.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Cardinals extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Lance Lynn.

Lynn is expected to turn the offer down, as he's in line for a large multi-year contract in free agency. The big righty's velocity and peripherals weren't as good in 2017 in his first year post-Tommy John surgery, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA, virtually matching his career 3.38 mark.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:21:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals plan to make Lance Lynn a qualifying offer and the pitcher plans to reject it.

Previous reports had indicated that the team making the $17.4 million offer wasn't a slam dunk, but it always made way more sense than not that the offer would be extended. It's also no surprise that Lynn plans to reject it, as he's in line for a big multi-year contract this winter. Goold says that the Cards have had "no substantive talks" with Lynn, as it looks like they will let him walk in free agency.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Lance Lynn kept the Cubs to one run over five innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Making his final start of the season and what very well could be the last start of his Cardinals career, Lynn did what he's done all year, pitching around control issues to limit the damage. In fact, an Ian Happ solo home run in the first inning was all the Cubs could push across against the 30-year-old despite four free passes issued. He led the National League in walks with 78 -- it's worth remembering that this was his first year back from Tommy John surgery -- but his 3.43 ERA in 33 starts was also seventh-best. Lynn has set himself up to be paid handsomely by some club this winter.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 02:34:00 AM

Lance Lynn allowed eight runs while getting just two outs in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Not great. Four of the six Pirates hits against him were singles and he didn't allow a homer, so it's not as though he was getting shelled, but there was definitely something off about Lynn's game on this night. It was a bad time for a clunker, with the Cardinals vying for a postseason spot and Lynn angling for a new contract this winter, but he's been very good overall, sitting at 11-8 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 148/74 K/BB ratio even with Saturday's result. The 30-year-old will have a chance to redeem himself in his last start of the regular season Thursday against the division-rival Cubs.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 12:15:00 AM

Lance Lynn allowed three earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

Lynn issued four walks and gave up five hits, including a Kyle Schwarber home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chicago went on to win this one 4-3, thanks to a go-ahead RBI single by Jason Heyward in the bottom of the seventh. Lynn, an impending free agent, is 11-7 on the season with a 3.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 147/72 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Lance Lynn was charged with four runs – three earned – over five innings in Tuesday’s 13-4 victory over the Reds.

Lynn settled in after serving up a one-out solo homer to Zack Cozart in the first inning, but he ran into trouble again in the fifth, giving up three tallies. He could’ve been helped out at first base by Jose Martinez, who failed to scoop a throw that led to a run. Lynn threw only 73 pitches over his five frames, but with a big lead the Cardinals decided it was a good time to buy him some rest. The big righty gets the Cubs at Wrigley on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 11:45:00 PM

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